Keith here with a look at Panthers news for the week ending December 1st, 2017 and provide a bit from the podcast we missed this week! Plus I’ll be joined by a very special guest to offer her take on the upcoming matchup.
Let me apologize for the lack of a proper podcast this week. Our schedules simply did not align but we hope we can satisfy your thirst for Panthers talk with this special Riot Rewind/mini Podcast.
First, in Panthers news, Panthers.com reports that defensive end Charles Johnson has been suspended for four games. According to a statement released by the NFL on Friday, Johnson’s suspension is the result of a violation of the league’s performance enhancing substance policy.
Johnson issued a response where he stated “I accept full responsibility. I have been recovering from back surgery, dealing with the daily grind of football and mistakenly thought this could help. It was an error in judgement on my part.”
His statement closed with “I want to apologize to my team, Mr. Richardson and Panthers fans for this mistake. Regretfully I have disappointed people, but I promise to come back ready to redeem myself when this suspension is over.”
The latest injury report lists Thomas Davis as limited during practice after he tweaked his hamstring in Sunday’s game against the Jets.
Devin Funchess was a full participant after dealing with a toe injury.
Christian McCaffrey was limited in practice due to a shoulder injury.
Greg Olsen did not participate in practice due to his lingering foot issues but according to the Riot Report coach Rivera said he would feel comfortable with Greg playing even if he did not practice all week. He also noted that keeping him from practice was “precautionary.”
Ryan Kalil was limited in practice as was Cam Newton as both deal with lingering injuries – Kalil his neck and Newton his throwing shoulder and thumb.
The full injury report is available at the Riot Report.
Since we did not get a chance to record a full podcast this week we still wanted to hit on the highlights from the Panthers’ win over the Jets. And what better way to do it than to call out the highlight and lowlights. Since we want to finish out on a positive note, we’re switching things around this week, starting with…
The Towel of Shame awards:
Given to the person or persons whose effort did not do the team any favors:
KH: Mine has to go to Cam Newton. While we now know he has an injury to his throwing thumb he constantly sailed passes above and around his targets. If we are going to the postseason Cam has got to be better.
Now, let’s have some fun…
…and give out some Game Ball Awards:
KH: Mine goes to teams not labeled “offense” – to the Defense and specifically Luke Kuechly for his interception that turned the game around and to Special Teams for not getting a penalty on Kaelin Clay’s punt return for a touchdown.
Now, here is your can’t-miss storie from the week:
Keeping It Simple: How The Panthers Can Beat The Saints – Vincent Richardson writes, “A Panthers win on Sunday would give them the division lead and a shot at a first round bye; this article explores how they might be able to pull this off.”
This Sunday the Panthers will head to the Big Easy for a division showdown so important to both teams the NFL moved the start time to 4:25 PM!
Finally, I am joined by a special guest – my 10-year-old niece Olivia, who wanted to see the boring magic of how a podcast is made. Olivia, what is your prediction for the Panthers vs. the Saints on Sunday?
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We hope have a full podcast next week a full Saints game review. Until then, Keep Pounding and Go Panthers!