Pan­thers ‘re­tool,’ cut Ben­wikere

Baltimore Sun - - NFL & RAVENS -

Four games re­moved from a Su­per Bowl ap­pear­ance, the Pan­thers sec­ondary is in need of “re­tool­ing.”

The strug­gling Pan­thers (1-3) abruptly cut start­ing cor­ner­back Bene Ben­wikere on Fri­day, five days af­ter giv­ing up 503 yards pass­ing to Matt Ryan and 300 yards re­ceiv­ing to Julio Jones in a 48-33 loss to the Fal­cons.

Ben­wikere, who started all four games this sea­son, al­lowed 228 yards and a touch­down on eight catches to Jones.

The de­ci­sion means Carolina will have three dif­fer­ent starters in the sec­ondary when they host the Buc­ca­neers on Monday night. Cor­ner­back James Brad­berry said he won’t play be­cause of a turf toe in­jury, while safety Tre Bos­ton will be benched in fa­vor of re­cently ac­quired vet­eran Michael Grif­fin.

“We’re try­ing to put it to­gether so we can move for­ward,” coach Ron Rivera said. “It’s a big part of re­tool­ing this foot­ball team. It’s tough.”

Mean­while, quar­ter­back Cam New­ton missed his third straight prac­tice while re­main­ing in con­cus­sion pro­to­col. Derek An­der­son is ex­pected to start. Ti­tans-Dol­phins still on: The matchup be­tween the Ti­tans and Dol­phins in Mi­ami will go ahead as sched­uled, the Dol­phins an­nounced.

Con­cerns that the game might need to be moved to Nashville, Tenn., were eased when the brunt of Hur­ri­cane Matthew stayed to the east of Mi­ami when it passed.

“The con­sen­sus from lo­cal, state and fed­eral of­fi­cials is that Mi­ami is safe and equipped to put on the game,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy said. “Host­ing the game there would not draw re­sources away from other needs.” Kelly calls out of­fense: 49ers coach Chip Kelly wouldn’t com­mit to quar­ter­back Blaine Gab­bert and said the en­tire of­fense is on no­tice af­ter the team’s fourth straight loss Thurs­day night.

“I don’t have any an­swers for any­body,” Kelly said. “I don’t know who’s go­ing to start against Buf­falo. Our en­tire of­fense didn’t play well. So, we need to get some­thing straight­ened out of­fen­sively.”

Kelly said he will eval­u­ate his en­tire of­fense, which could mean con­sid­er­ing a pro­mo­tion for backup quar­ter­back Colin Kaeper­nick, who missed the bulk of the off­sea­son re­cov­er­ing from surg­eries on his left shoul­der, right thumb and left knee.

A re­port by NFL Network said the 49ers are work­ing on a re­struc­tured deal with Kaeper­nick that would al­le­vi­ate con­cerns re­gard­ing in­jury guar­an­tees in his cur­rent deal. Ex­tra points: Bron­cos coach Gary Ku­biak de­clined to name QB Trevor Siemian (left shoul­der) the starter for the team’s game against the Fal­cons un­til Siemian is put through a more rig­or­ous prac­tice on Satur­day. ... Charg­ers DE Joey Bosa is sched­uled to make his de­but Sun­day against the Raiders. … Jaguars G Luke Joeckel will miss the rest of the sea­son af­ter hav­ing surgery to re­pair a torn ACL, torn MCL and torn lat­eral menis­cus. ... The Pa­tri­ots placed QB Ja­coby Bris­sett on in­jured re­serve with a right thumb in­jury.

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