August 30, 2003 |
Carolina Panthers assistant coach Sam Mills was diagnosed with cancer of the small intestine yesterday, hours before he coached the Panthers' linebackers in their preseason finale. Just 2 weeks ago, Carolina linebacker Mark Fields was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. "Any time someone in your family gets ill, it's a blow," general manager Marty Hurney said. "When it's Sam Mills, someone who means so much to this organization and this community, it's a huge blow. " Mills, 44, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, spent the final three seasons of his 12-year NFL career with the Panthers beginning with their inaugural season in 1995.
November 23, 2002 |
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith was jailed and charged with misdemeanor assault yesterday after attacking a teammate earlier this week. Anthony Bright, a practice-squad player, has a broken nose and was hospitalized for two nights following the fight, which occurred during a film session on Monday. Bright filed a report with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police following his release from the hospital. The Panthers already had suspended Smith for tomorrow's home game against Atlanta.
November 18, 2004 |
Scratch Mike Martz's name off the list of potential replacements for Dave Wannstedt in Miami. The St. Louis coach said yesterday there was no truth to a Miami Herald story that he would be interested in the Dolphins' head-coaching job if he is let go by the Rams. Despite an up-and-down season, St. Louis is 5-4 and tied for first in the NFC West. Citing sources close to Martz, Seattle's Mike Holmgren and Denver's Mike Shanahan, the Herald said the three would be interested in coaching the Dolphins next season if their current coaching situations did not work out. Wannstedt resigned earlier this month as coach of the Dolphins (1-8)
March 14, 2005 |
Investigators probing an alternative medicine doctor want to speak to at least nine current or former members of the Carolina Panthers about possible illegal steroid prescriptions, a Columbia, S.C., newspaper reported. Dr. James Shortt, a West Columbia physician, is under investigation for allegedly prescribing steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, the State said in yesterday's editions. The newspaper based its story on court records and sources speaking on condition of anonymity.
July 28, 2005 |
The Carolina Panthers may have found a replacement for Muhsin Muhammad yesterday, acquiring wide receiver Rod Gardner from the Washington Redskins. The deal is contingent upon Gardner passing a physical today, Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said. Hurney did not say what Carolina sent to Washington. Gardner, 27, started all 16 games in each of his four seasons in Washington, making 227 receptions for 2,997 yards and 22 touchdowns. His best season came in 2002 with 71 receptions for 1,006 yards and eight TDs. But Gardner's four seasons have been marked by inconsistency.
October 1, 2003 |
The Carolina Panthers signed All-Pro defensive tackle Kris Jenkins to a 5-year, $31 million contract extension yesterday, a deal that locks up their starting defensive line through at least 2007. Jenkins received a $9.175 million signing bonus in the deal that keeps him in Carolina through 2009. He is considered one of the cornerstones of Carolina's defense, which ranked second in the NFL last season. Defensive end Julius Peppers, the other cornerstone, is signed through 2008. Defensive end Mike Rucker and defensive tackle Brentson Buckner are both signed through 2007.
August 3, 2012 |
Here's one to make Cleveland fans shake their heads: A partial owner of the hated Pittsburgh Steelers is buying the Browns. A person with knowledge of the sale told the Associated Press on Thursday that Browns owner Randy Lerner has reached a deal to sell the team to Tennessee truck-stop magnate Jimmy Haslam III - a minority stockholder in the rival Steelers. Lerner will sell 70 percent of the Browns to Haslam now, with the other 30 percent reverting to him four years after the closing date, the person said on condition of anonymity because the sale has not officially been announced.
May 2, 2007 |
When the Carolina Panthers drafted Southern California receiver Dwayne Jarrett in the second round Saturday, Keyshawn Johnson was ecstatic. "This is a great pick. We need another wide receiver," Johnson gushed while working as a draft analyst for ESPN. "This guy is much like me. I'm going to teach him how to play from the point of attack. " He won't get the chance. The Panthers deemed their older former USC receiver was expendable yesterday. Johnson, the 6-4 possession receiver and 1996 No. 1 overall pick, was released to make way for a younger 6-4 possession receiver taken with the 45th pick.
August 2, 2008 |
Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith was sent home from training camp yesterday after he punched teammate Ken Lucas at practice, leaving the starting cornerback holding an icepack on his left eye before he was carted to the locker room. Panthers coach John Fox said Smith and Lucas returned to Charlotte, about 80 miles away, after the fight. Neither player was present for the team's second practice last night. The Panthers didn't provide an update on the extent of Lucas' injuries and club officials declined to say if the volatile Smith, the team's top receiver, would be suspended.
February 19, 2009 |
Julius Peppers still wants out of Carolina, but he will agree to be traded only to four teams, further complicating the Panthers' efforts to get compensation for the four-time Pro Bowl defensive end, the Associated Press reported. On the eve of the deadline to place the franchise tag on Peppers, a person close to the player told the AP yesterday that the impending free agent wants to play for Dallas or three other unnamed teams. Two of those teams reportedly are in the NFC, with speculation in some reports that they are in the NFC South, the Panthers' division.