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Panthers select RB McCaffrey with 8th pick in NFL draft

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Panthers selected versatile running back Christian McCaffrey from Stanford with the No. 8 pick in the NFL draft, giving former league MVP Cam Newton some needed help on offense. Along with his ability to run the ball, the 5-foot-10, 202-pound McCaffrey has the ability to play slot receiver and return kicks.

Panthers sign Pro Bowl DT Kawann Short to 5-year extension

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Carolina Panthers made sure Kawann Short's contract situation wasn't going to end the same away Josh Norman's did a year ago. The Panthers signed Short, their franchise player, to a five-year contract extension on Monday, keeping the Pro Bowl defensive tackle with the team through the 2021 season. The deal is worth $80 million, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

Panthers QB Newton undergoes surgery to repair rotator cuff

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Cam Newton is at home recovering from surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder on Thursday. Dr. Pat Connor performed the surgery on the Panthers quarterback's throwing shoulder at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. "Dr. Connor was pleased with the results of the surgery and Cam is at home resting," Panthers head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said. Vermillion said Newton will begin his rehabilitation on Monday.

Thorsland: Panthers Face Rival Bucs in Season Finale

by Sharon Thorsland A pair of Heisman trophy winners and top draft picks face off Sunday when the Panthers take on the Bucs in Tampa Bay.  After winning five straight, the Bucs have lost their last two games and are 8-7 on the year, with the playoffs possible but highly unlikely.  The Panthers' season will…

Panthers Face Challenge in Seattle

by Sharon Thorsland The Panthers face a daunting task this weekend - taking on the Seattle Seahawks at Century Link Field.  (Kick-off is set for 8:30 Sunday night, WBT’s coverage starts with the pre game show at 5:30).  “The Link” is one of the toughest venues in the NFL, and making things even more difficult…

Thorsland: Panthers Face Saints

by Sharon Thorsland It’s Panthers-Saints round two, as the Panthers take the prime time spotlight against their NFC South rival Thursday night.  Kick-off is set for 8:25 on WBT.   These teams met last month, a 41-38 Saints win in New Orleans.  Both teams are coming off gut-wrenching losses - the Saints had what would have been a…

Szoke: Saints Come Marching In For Primetime Game

The Panthers begin their second go around in the division as they host New Orleans on Thursday night on WBT.  Carolina is (0-3) against the NFC South, so they need to turn it around in the second half of the season if they are to make a run at their 4th consecutive division title. The…

Kansas City is Panthers’ Chief Concern

The Panthers look to keep their mini winning streak going as they try to win their third game in a row this Sunday on WBT.  To do so, they will have to stop Kansas City’s four-game winning streak.  The Chiefs are “thiefs” as they lead the league with 20 takeaways and are plus-13 in turnover…

Panthers Face Aggressive Defense in Chiefs

by Sharon Thorsland The Panthers face one of the hottest teams in the league Sunday when they host the Kansas City Chiefs at Bank of America stadium. Kick-off is set for 1:00, with the pregame show on WBT, starting at 10:00am. The Chiefs boast the league's best record over the past 20 games. They're 17-13…