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2016 Schedule
6-10, 4th in NFC South
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10hDarren Rovell

Fans vote no on signing Hardy to indoor team

Salt Lake Screaming Eagles fans have rejected signing former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy in an online vote that ended early Thursday morning.

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Rivera says Panthers will learn from adversity of last season (0:21)
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Newton's health No. 1 priority for Panthers (1:06)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said at the NFL owners meeting on Wednesday he believes offensive tackle Michael Oher, who has been in the concussion protocol since September, will play in 2017. "I do,'' Rivera said. "In talking to Michael, in listening to Michael, I believe he's going to play.''

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Did "Riverboat" Ron Rivera's aggressive fourth-down philosophy rub off on Sean McDermott? Rivera: "Yes, I think I did. But Sean and I talked a lot about those things. That's one of the things I'll give to Sean's credit is that every now and then Sean would want to come in and say, 'Hey, let's talk about this coach and let's debrief about that.' He's seen a lot of things I've looked at. I know Sean has done a lot of analytics in terms of studying things on his own as well. I really do think you guys are going to get an aggressive play caller.''

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera on new Bills coach and former Panthers DC Sean McDermott: "Sean has no personality. No, I'm kidding. I'm kidding. What they'll find out more so than anything else is he's very passionate about what he does. He is the complete package in terms of a young football coach. ... I really am excited for him. Buffalo is getting exactly that. He'll wander around trying to figure it out, but he will figure it out. Once he does, change will come very smoothly to Buffalo. I really do think he's going to have success."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Ron Rivera says he doesn't know whether Panthers will consider Adrian Peterson. Rivera says he has been road and hasn't met with Dave Gettleman about Peterson, but Rivera will be back in office soon.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Ron Rivera says he'll attend Leonard Fournette's pro day. However, Rivera says there will be a number of positions the Panthers will consider with their first-round pick.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Ron Rivera says Panthers haven't thought about signing Colin Kaepernick, but adds that "he has a big price tag."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Ron Rivera asked about Colin Kaepernick. Takes long pause and says Panthers haven't thought about it. "We believe we have a quarterback," he says. Rivera said a veteran like Kaepernick would be brought in to compete to be a starter, and Panthers already have Newton.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Ron Rivera on Panthers' down season last year: "I made mistakes. We made mistakes. ... We constantly try to sell that we're OK and mask the situation, we're not going to get better."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Why were the Panthers willing to part with Kony Ealy in a trade to New England? Ron Rivera says re-signing Mario Addison played into the decision, as well as a looming contract negotiation with Ealy.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Ron Rivera says Cam Newton will have to "rebuild his confidence ... it was shook, I'm not going to lie." Rivera stressed the importance of an offensive line taking care of a quarterback.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Ron Rivera calls Cam Newton's surgery something "unfortunate that happened in the offseason," adding that team listened to doctor and Newton. Rivera says Newton won't be throwing during offseason but will be "there and be involved."

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Rivera: Newton will be involved in OTAs

Cam Newton won't be a full participant in Panthers' offseason workouts after undergoing shoulder surgery because he won't be able to throw, but he will be involved.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

A Panthers spokesperson refuted a report by Jason La Canfora of CBSsports.com that "many other owners'' expect Carolina owner Jerry Richardson, 80, to sell the team before he dies. The team also refuted speculation that Richardson is skipping the NFL owners meeting in Phoenix because of health issues. "Mr. Richardson is healthy, vigorous, happy and fully engaged in the business of the Carolina Panthers,'' Steven Drummond said in a statement. "The team is absolutely not for sale. These reports are based on the misinterpretation of an agenda item. No owner is more committed to his team than Mr. Richardson.''

Team Stats

Passing Yards230.3Tied-21st
Rushing Yards113.410th
Points For23.115th
Points Against25.126th