Updated Oct 4, 2013 - 9:43 am
Behind Enemy Lines: Carolina Panthers
The Cardinals (2-2) return home to University of Phoenix Stadium to host Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers Sunday.
Linebacker Daryl Washington returns from a four-game suspension and defensive tackle Dan Williams is expected to play after missing two games due to the death of his father.
Of course you can get all the daily happenings surrounding the Cardinals on ArizonaSports.com, but all week, we'll also take you to Charlotte to find out what's going on Behind Enemy Lines with the Panthers, who are coming off of their bye week with a 1-2 record.
Friday, October 4
• Giants to gain LB Jon Beason in trade (ESPN.com)
A trade that would send linebacker Jon Beason from the Carolina Panthers to the New York Giants will go through if the three-time Pro Bowler passes a physical, according to multiple reports.
• Jon Beason trade to Giants makes sense (ESPN.com)
Rivera and his staff don't need a disgruntled player on the roster as they attempt to build on a 38-0 victory against the Giants before the bye week. As we saw this past week at Tampa Bay, after the Buccaneers benched and subsequently released quarterback Josh Freeman, that can become a distraction.
• Ginn flourishing with Panthers (Panthers.com)
Through three regular season games, Ginn has seven catches for 143 yards and two touchdowns - the first, a 40-yard score against Buffalo, the second, a 47-yarder against the Giants.
• Newton returns to site of historic debut (Panthers.com)
Before quarterback Cam Newton took the field at University of Phoenix Stadium for his NFL debut two years ago, few knew what to expect from the Panthers' No. 1 overall draft pick.
Thursday, October 3
• Panthers defensive tackle Colin Cole making most of second chance (Charlotte Observer)
After being out of football for two years, Cole is expected to make his second consecutive start Sunday at Arizona in place of the injured Dwan Edwards. Cole, an eight-year veteran, is relishing his second chance.
• Panthers Notes: Greg Hardy misses second practice but Ron Rivera confident he'll play Sunday (Charlotte Observer)
Greg Hardy has battled an illness this week that has caused him to miss practices on Wednesday and Thursday. But don't expect him to miss the game on Sunday.
• Double Coverage: Panthers at Cardinals (ESPN.com)
A confident Newton brings a 1-2 Panthers squad to the desert off a big win over the New York Giants to take on a 2-2 Arizona Cardinals squad that's facing a bit of turmoil. Its offense is sputtering, and the team made a significant move on the offensive line, trading left tackle Levi Brown to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday.
• Former Carolina DT could haunt Panthers (ESPN.com)
Buckner, 42, is in his first year as the defensive line coach at Arizona. The former tackle has the Cardinals ranked second in the league against the run, holding opponents to 75 yards per game -- or 18 fewer than Carolina's seventh-ranked defense.
Wednesday, October 2
• Panthers better prepare for Peterson (ESPN.com)
You don't have to tell Ron Rivera how dangerous Arizona's Patrick Peterson is.
In 2011, the cornerback returned a punt 89 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown to give the Cardinals a 28-21 victory in Rivera's first game as head coach of the Carolina Panthers.
• Chase Blackburn officially ahead of Beason (ESPN.com)
Jon Beason, who began the season as the starter at weakside linebacker, has officially been replaced by Blackburn. We knew that after the three-time Pro Bowl player took only one snap in a 38-0 victory over the New York Giants.
• Scott Fowler: Carolina Panthers have a Star in rookie Lotulelei (Kansas City Star)
Star Lotulelei has played only three games at defensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers, but teammate Greg Hardy has already decided the rookie needs a name upgrade.
• Panthers vs. Cardinals 2013: Another barometer game for Carolina (CatScratchReader.com)
Sunday's game is another barometer for the Carolina Panthers, which really shouldn't be happening in week five of the regular season -- but it's a byproduct of a team without a clear identity. Weeks one and two we saw a ground-heavy offense with few offensive risks, followed by a week three game full of risks and big plays.
Tuesday, October 1
• Thomas thankful for concussion awareness (ESPN.com)
Carolina Panthers starting cornerback Josh Thomas practically begged doctors to let him play against the New York Giants nine days ago. He told them he felt fine, that there were no side effects from the concussion he suffered a week earlier against Buffalo. When Dr. Jerry Petty said no, Thomas was disappointed. "Very, very surprised," he said Monday.
• Carolina Panthers return to desert for another shot at Arizona return man Patrick Peterson (CharlotteObserver.com)
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton's coming-out party in the desert was crashed by another rookie enjoying his own "Hello, World" moment.
Patrick Peterson's 89-yard punt return for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter of the 2011 season opener spoiled Newton's record-setting passing debut and lifted Arizona to a 28-21 win at University of Phoenix Stadium.
• Offensive line rounding into form (Panthers.com)
An offensive line is required to protect the quarterback, and on that note, your pride. Both took hits in Week 2 against the Buffalo Bills. After allowing just one sack and one quarterback hit against the Seattle Seahawks in the season opener, Cam Newton was sacked six times and took nine hits against the Bills.
Monday, September 30
• Panthers move up during bye week (ESPN.com)
You can't lose: Not to be a smart aleck, but when you don't play you can't lose. The Panthers actually moved into sole possession of second place in the NFC South thanks to losses by Atlanta (1-3) to New England and Tampa Bay (0-4) to Arizona. A loss by the New Orleans Saints (3-0) against Miami (3-0) on Monday night and they could close the gap on first.
But they did lose ground in that only five NFC teams had a better record going into Week 4 and seven do now.
• Stewart looks fast in PUP list comeback (ESPN.com)
More than a few people noticed when Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart ran at close to full speed down the sideline during Monday's practice.
It was the first time the former first-round pick out of Oregon tested his ankles like that since undergoing offseason surgery.
• Panthers RB Kenjon Barner hopeful he'll make NFL debut Sunday; Jonathan Stewart progressing (Charlotte Observer)
Rookie running back Kenjon Barner is targeting Sunday as his NFL regular-season debut after spraining his foot in the preseason. Barner, a sixth-round draft pick out of Oregon, fully participated in Monday's practice after being gradually worked back into the fold last week.
• Carolina Panthers want to attack Arizona's pocket passing game (Charlotte Observer)
For the second game in a row, the Panthers will face a traditional, drop-back passer in Carson Palmer. Last year as a member of the Raiders, Palmer was knocked out of a 17-6 loss to the Panthers following a blind-side hit by defensive end Greg Hardy late in the first quarter.
• Defensive backs, running backs on mend (CarolinaPanthers.com)
With safety Charles Godfrey suffering a season-ending Achilles injury in Week 2 and cornerbacks Josh Thomas, D.J. Moore and James Dockery and safety Quintin Mikell sidelined in Week 3, the Panthers started rookie Robert Lesterat safety after elevating him from the practice squad and veteran Drayton Florence at cornerback after signing him as a free agent.
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