Chris Ogbonnaya Fantasy News

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Panthers RB Chris Ogbonnaya (groin, questionable) missed practice Friday and is questionable for Week 8.

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Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Panthers RB Darrin Reaves (calf, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is questionable for Week 7. Reaves is now looking doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Packers. Chris Ogbonnaya would back up Jonathan Stewart, who is expected to make his return this week.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Panthers RB Darrin Reaves (calf) missed practice Thursday after taking limited reps Wednesday. Reaves is now looking doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Packers. Chris Ogbonnaya would back up Jonathan Stewart, who is expected to make his return this week.

Panthers hoping to get back Jonathan Stewart

Monday, October 6, 2014, 1:20pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Panthers were able to beat the Bears yesterday with Darrin Reaves and Chris Ogbonnaya running the ball, with Fozzy Whittaker in reserve.

Soon, they might actually have some running backs back whom you’ve heard of.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters Monday that Jonathan Stewart wasn’t 100 percent certain to be ready to practice Wednesday after missing time with a knee injury, but that he’s closer than DeAngelo Williams coming off an ankle injury.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story pointed out, Rivera indicated some degree of optimism about Stewart, while saying Williams was out of a full cast and into a walking boot. Getting Stewart back this week would be a boost, as the Panthers head to play a Bengals team that was susceptible to inside running last night against the Patriots. Reaves and Ogbonnaya combined for a pedestrian 19 carries for 59 yards against the Bears, but they didn’t fumble. Ogbonnaya even scored a touchdown.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (thigh, doubtful) missed practice again Friday and is doubtful for Week 5. Stewart is likely to miss the game. It will be some combination of Fozzy Whittaker, Darrin Reaves and Chris Ogbonnaya, with Reaves likely in the lead role. Stewart isn’t a bad pickup for future weeks, however, with DeAngelo Williams in a hard cast.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm

Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker (thigh, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 5. Whittaker will form an ugly RBBC with Darrin Reaves and Chris Ogbonnaya.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle, out) has been ruled out for Week 5. It will be some combination of Fozzy Whittaker, Darrin Reaves and Chris Ogbonnaya, with Reaves likely in the lead role.

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:31pm

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (thigh) missed practice Thursday after taking limited reps Wednesday. If Stewart can’t play, and it look like he won’t, then it will be some combination of Fozzy Whittaker, Darrin Reaves and Chris Ogbonnaya. Stewart isn’t a bad pickup for future weeks, however, with DeAngelo Williams out for a while.

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:31pm

Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker (thigh) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Whittaker will form an ugly RBBC with Darrin Reaves and Chris Ogbonnaya.

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:31pm

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) missed practice again Thursday. Williams’ foot is in a hard cast, so he’s probably out for a while. Some combination of Fozzy Whittaker, Darrin Reaves and Chris Ogbonnaya will run against the Bears in Week 5, though Reaves is expected to lead the committee.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 10:28pm

Panthers.com - [Full Article]

Panthers HC Ron Rivera said the Panthers will likely need Chris Ogbonnaya, who has started at both running back and fullback, to spell running back Darrin Reaves and play a role on special teams when Carolina hosts the Chicago Bears.

"Chris had a good day. He's a smart young man. He's been in a very similar system. There is a lot of overlap with the terminology," head coach Ron Rivera said. "He seemed to assimilate very nicely to it."

Fantasy Impact:

Fozzy Whittaker is still out with an injury so we might see a backfield of Reaves and Ogbonnaya on Sunday if Jonathan Stewart (knee) isn't healthy enough to play.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:31pm

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (thigh) took limited practice reps Wednesday. HC Ron Rivera is hoping that Stewart can play with DeAngelo Williams sidelined for a while with a bad ankle sprain (his foot is in a hard cast, not a walking boot). Teams in need of long-term RB help could pick up Stewart since it looks like Williams will be out a while. If Stewart can’t play, then it will be some combination of Fozzy Whittaker, Darrin Reaves and Chris Ogbonnaya.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:31pm

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. The Panthers are hoping Jonathan Stewart is healthy enough to start. If not, Darrin Reaves likely leads a committee that could include Fozzy Whittaker and Chris Ogbonnaya. Whittaker (thigh) did not practice Wednesday.

Panthers hoping RB Jonathan Stewart (knee) can return this week

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 12:29pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

With DeAngelo Williams shifting from a walking boot to a cast over his sprained ankle, the veteran runner is all but officially out for Sunday's tilt with the Chicago Bears.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera is holding out hope that Jonathan Stewart will take his place after missing Sunday's loss to the Ravens with a knee injury, per ESPN's Ed Werder. Even if he plays, look for Stewart to share time with a combination of Darrin Reaves, Fozzy Whittaker and the newly signed Chris Ogbonnaya.

Fantasy Impact:

Teams in need of long-term RB help could pick up Stewart since it looks like Williams will be out a while. If Stewart can’t play, then it will be some combination of Fozzy Whittaker, Darrin Reaves and Chris Ogbonnaya in Week 5.

Monday, September 29, 2014, 8:38pm

Charlotte Observer - [Full Article]

The Panthers didn't waste much time filling their need for a healthy running back.

Carolina signed free-agent running back Chris Ogbonnaya Monday night after cutting Tauren Poole, who was signed last week and fumbled in his first and only carry in Sunday's 38-10 loss to Baltimore.

Ogbonnaya, a fifth-year player, was released by the Browns just before the start of this season. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2009 draft out of Texas by the Rams.

Ogbonnaya's most productive season came last year for the Browns. He rushed 49 times for 240 yards for an average of 4.9 yards per carry, and he caught 48 passes for 343 yards and a touchdown.

At 6-foot and 220 pounds, he has seen time at both fullback and tailback. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he was looking for a veteran running back who could help immediately in pass protection while also grasping the playbook quickly.

Fantasy Impact:

The RB situation not a pretty picture in Carolina. Darrin Reaves could see a lot of work if Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams can't go. Fozzy Whittaker could be next in line along with Ogbonnaya.