The Panthers suffered a few more injury scares during Sunday’s 38-35 win over the Giants, including one involving quarterback Cam Newton, but that isn’t going to cause them to throttle back against the Falcons in Week 16.
During his Monday press conference, coach Ron Rivera said that he’s not going to think about resting any of the team’s healthy starters when there’s value attached to winning a game. The upcoming game against Atlanta has value to the Panthers because they still need to wrap up home field throughout the NFC playoffs, something that pleases Rivera.
“This next game has value. I like the fact that there is value,” Rivera said.
Should the Panthers lose to the Falcons and the Cardinals beat the Packers, that same value will exist for the regular season finale. Even without the impetus to win this week to put the first seed in their back pocket, this weekend would seem to be a bit early to start taking such heavy precautions against injury when you factor in how much time there will be until Carolina plays their first playoff game, the story said. For now, it looks safe to start any active Panthers in Week 16.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, citing “league sources,’’ a one-game suspension for Beckham is “likely’’ as the discipline to be imposed by the NFL after Beckham’s out-of-control antics during Sunday’s 38-35 Giants loss to the undefeated Panthers at MetLife Stadium.
If a suspension is slapped on Beckham, it will be announced on Monday, which would allow Beckham, through the NFL Players Association, to appeal the ruling, the story said. Typically in cases such as this, suspensions come down on Monday and the appeal is heard and a decision is made on Tuesday, the story added. It would be a huge loss for the team and fantasy owners. The Giants need a win to stay alive in the NFC East. It's also a prime time game for the Giants and Vikings this week. Rueben Randle, Dwayne Harris and Hakeem Nicks would see bigger roles if Beckham is suspended.
After the Dolphins lost to the Giants in Week 14, running back Lamar Miller expressed his feeling that he should continue to get the ball if he’s doing well when asked about getting five second half carries despite running well in the first two quarters.
Miller was back on the bench in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Chargers, carrying twice for one yard while the Dolphins opted to go with Jay Ajayi and Damien Williams instead of Miller. Miller wasn’t as effective in the first half as he’d been the previous week, but still felt frustrated that he wasn’t part of the offense after halftime.
“I mean, yeah, because I feel like I could help this team win,” Miller said, via the Palm Beach Post. “You know, I’m pretty sure everybody wanted to be on the field competing with their teammates and … I don’t know.”
The Dolphins were down big in San Diego, leading them to pass more in the second half but Miller’s been their most productive receiver out of the backfield in addition to leading the team in rushing.
As they do every week, NFL executives will gather Monday morning at league headquarters in New York City. They'll discuss the most noteworthy events of the weekend, and atop their list will be a vexing question: What to do about New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.?
First, as I noted Sunday, the NFL made fighting and other extracurricular activity a point of emphasis for 2015. The expected uptick of ejections has not materialized, however. The league asks officials to disqualify players for "flagrant" acts that it defines as "extremely objectionable, conspicuous, unnecessary, avoidable or gratuitous." Referee Terry McAulay's failure to follow through with Beckham could trigger the league to make up for it with a suspension.
The author went on to say: NFL evaluates each case on its own merits, and this one is complicated. But there is every expectation that the league will give strong consideration to suspending Beckham for the Giants' nationally televised game Sunday night at the Minnesota Vikings. The Giants are still alive for the division so this is a big game in prime time.
Wide receiver Julian Edelman will not play tomorrow against the Titans, according to a source. Edelman is listed as doubtful but has participated in the Patriots’ last four practices on a limited basis.
Edelman will miss his fifth consecutive game with a broken foot that he suffered in the first quarter against the Giants. At the time of the injury, which required surgery, the absolute earliest Edelman could’ve returned was Week 16 against the Jets, but the possibility existed that he could miss the remainder of the regular season.
It’s still too early to know whether Edelman could return next week against the Jets, the story said.
Friday, December 18, 2015, 6:32pm
Giants WR Dwayne Harris (shoulder, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is questionable for Week 15. If he can’t play, Odell Beckham may play even more in the slot to avoid matching up with shutdown corner Josh Norman.
Friday, December 18, 2015, 6:32pm
Panthers TE Greg Olsen (knee, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 15. Olsen should play in Week 15 against the G-Men. The Giants are #22 in TE aFPA, so Olsen only trails Rob Gronkowski in our tight end rankings.
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6:06pm
That contradicts Miller, who said after the game his right ankle was fine.
“This is the first that I’ve heard of, that he was OK to go in the second (half),” Campbell said. “If that’s what he told you guys…I knew that he wasn’t in there for a spell because I saw him limp off the field.
“So at that point I was just trying to manage the game.”
Miller, who ended with 12 carries for 89 yards and two touchdowns, left the game after his two-yard carry in the fourth quarter. He limped off the field and sat on the trainer’s table on the sideline where his right ankle got medical attention. Miller didn't get another carry.
Campbell has recently harped on running the ball, especially under play-caller/quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor, who replaced fired offensive coordinator Bill Lazor two games ago. But the Dolphins, who rushed for 128 yards on 22 carries, seemed to abandon the run in the fourth quarter Monday. Campbell said it was first because of Miller’s injury, and then because of the game situation.
The Panthers have a chance to wrap up home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win this weekend and a Cardinals loss, but they may not have running back Jonathan Stewart available to help them with their end of the equation.
Stewart exited last Sunday’s game against the Falcons early because of a foot injury, but coach Ron Rivera said it wasn’t a serious injury after the game and suggested Stewart might have returned had the Panthers not been up by so much on their way to a 38-0 victory. That caution may extend to this weekend.
Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that Stewart is dealing with a sprain and that his status for the game against the Giants is “unclear” at this point in the week.
Monday, December 14, 2015, 7:09pm
LB Devon Kennard (foot, hamstring)
DE Robert Ayers (neck), T Ereck Flowers (ankle), S Brandon Meriweather (knee)
T Marshall Newhouse (back)
DT Earl Mitchell (calf)
T Branden Albert (not injury related), LS John Denney (neck), LB Jelani Jenkins (ankle), WR Jarvis Landry (knee), DT Jordan Phillips (shoulder), C Mike Pouncey (foot), WR Kenny Stills (ankle)
With Matthews out, DeVante Parker becomes a much more attractive play this week as the team's WR2. Landy is probable with a knee issue but should be good to go.
Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:22pm
Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews (ribs) missed practice again Friday. It looks like Matthews will miss Week 14. DeVante Parker has surpassed the 80% snaps-played mark in each of the last two weeks and he has two solid outings (4-80-1 versus the Jets and 3-63-1 against the Ravens) to show for it. The Giants are 29th in WR aFPA.
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:31pm
Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews (ribs) missed practice Thursday. It looks like Matthews will miss Week 14. DeVante Parker has surpassed the 80% snaps-played mark in each of the last two weeks and he has two solid outings (4-80-1 versus the Jets and 3-63-1 against the Ravens) to show for it. The Giants are 29th in WR aFPA.