CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The NFL will look into why Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on Thursday declined to speak to media, league spokesman Brian McCarthy told ESPN. Team spokesperson Steven Drummond said the 2015 NFL MVP did not give a reason. Coach Ron Rivera also was unaware of why his quarterback did not participate. "I just found out,'' Rivera said. "I thought he had a press conference today, but apparently not.'' Star players are required to be available to the media during the week while in season. Newton, until Thursday, had participated in every required media opportunity the past two weeks since he made light of a football question from Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue
• Tyler Eifert (2009-12), TE, Cincinnati Bengals: Out for the season after suffering a back injury. • Anthony Fasano (2002-05), TE, Miami Dolphins: Did not catch a pass in Miami’s 20-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons. • Michael Floyd (2008-11), WR, Minnesota Vikings: Caught one pass for five yards in a 23-10 win over the Green Bay Packers. • Will Fuller (2013-15), WR, Houston Texans: Notched a team-high 62 receiving on two catches and a touchdown in a 33-17 win over the Cleveland Browns. • J.J. Jansen (2004-07), LS, Carolina Panthers: Will once again handle all the team’s long snapping duties in 2017. • TJ Jones (2010-13), WR, Detroit Lions: Recorded three catches for 33 yards in a 52-33 loss to
Chicago Bears coach John Fox knows exactly how tough it is for offensive linemen to block Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers. After all, Fox coached Peppers as a superstar rookie out of North Carolina. "We got criticized quite heavily by the talking heads for not taking a quarterback.