Panthers even younger for opener

Take the NFL's third-youngest team and subtract several key veterans because of injuries and it leaves Carolina coach John Fox facing an intriguing preseason opener tonight at Baltimore.


"There are probably 20-something guys I've never seen take a snap in NFL football," Fox said.

The Panthers' off-season decision to shed veterans and payroll left a trail of inexperience, and training camp has thinned the roster.

Fox said 11 players wouldn't make the trip, including cornerback Chris Gamble , running back Jonathan Stewart and receiver Steve Smith . Starters are expected to play the first quarter.

Matt Moore will start at quarterback in Carolina's first game since seven-year starter Jake Delhomme was released. But Fox said he'll try to get all four QBs in the game in what will be second-round pick and ex-Notre Dame star Jimmy Clausen 's NFL debut.

JETS: Coach Rex Ryan says he has a plan he believes will settle the holdout situation with All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis .

Ryan said Wednesday that he would cancel practice, get the entire team together and have everyone in the organization meet with Revis and his agents, and whoever else the star player would want there. He says he's "absolutely serious."

Revis has missed 11 days since camp opened.

BRONCOS: The newest member to pass through Denver's turnstile of tailbacks is longtime Oakland Raiders bruiser Justin Fargas .

With their top three running backs sidelined, the Broncos brought in the versatile 30-year-old veteran to bolster their banged-up backfield.

BROWNS: Starting inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson sustained his second chest muscle injury in 10 months. Team spokesman Neal Gulkis said Jackson injured his opposite pectoral (chest) muscle during the evening practice.

RETIRING: Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks is officially retiring from the NFL, making the announcement in a two-minute video presentation.


Wed, 08/23/2017 - 01:54