NFC Notes: Buccaneers, Panthers, Seahawks



  • According to Greg Auman, Buccaneers LB Jack Cichy underwent surgery on his elbow and is expected to have a 3-4 month timetable for recovery. The Buccaneers officially placed Cichy on injured reserve earlier in the week. 
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially ruled out TE O.J. Howard (hamstring) for Week 9’s game and list TE Cameron Brate (ribs) as questionable.


Panthers GM Marty Hurney said QB Cam Newton is visiting orthopedic specialist Dr. Robert Anderson to have his left foot re-evaluated.

“I spent a long time speaking with Cam this week and he’s done everything he possibly can in his rehab process to get his foot to 100 percent. Unfortunately, we haven’t reached that point. The next step is for him to go see Dr. Anderson and gather more information,” said Hurney, via David Newton of ESPN

  • According to Jordan Rodrigue of The Athletic, Cam Newton‘s trip to meet with foot specialist Dr. James Anderson will be the third opinion he’s received on his Lisfranc issue. 
  • Rodrigue mentions that Newton became “frustrated with the fickle nature of the injury and anxious about how slow it has taken to heal.”
  • Rodrigue says that the initial perception within the Panthers is that this visit does not indicate that there is an expectation that Newton will undergo surgery. A source told her that the visit as “part of the process” of Newton’s continued recovery.
  • The Carolina Panthers officially ruled out T Greg Little (concussion) and QB Cam Newton (foot) for Week 9’s game and list LB Mario Addison (not injury related), LB Christian Miller (ankle), and WR Curtis Samuel (shoulder) as questionable.
  • Panthers OLB Mario Addison has been downgraded to out for Week 9’s game against the Titans. (Max Henson)


Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said recently acquired S Quandre Diggs had blood drained from his hamstring for relief and his injury is worse than the team believed upon trading for him. 

It was because he played in the game that week. You could tell, knowing how he plays, you could tell that he was taking care of himself a little bit. We just figured let’s get him back and not just kind of limp his way through the first couple weeks with us,” said Carroll, via Brady Henderson of ESPN.

  • According to Ian Rapoport, the Seahawks at No. 28 on the waiver priority list were the only team to put a claim on WR Josh Gordon after he was waived by the Patriots. 
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