‘Cautious optimism’ over Newton
The Panthers are “cautiously optimistic” QB Cam Newton will be ready for the Sept. 8 regular season opener against the Rams after he suffered a sprained left foot that left him grimacing on the sideline in a preseason loss to the Patriots on Thursday.
Newton, 30, left the stadium in a walking boot and didn't speak to the media before boarding the team bus. The 2015 NFL MVP was held out of the first two preseason games because the Panthers didn't want him to risk injury.
Newton struggled through shoulder issues last season, which limited his ability to throw downfield as the year progressed. He missed the final two games of the season and underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in January.
Behind Newton, Kyle Allen is second on the depth chart, rookie third-round draft pick Will Grier is third and Taylor Heinicke fourth. The trio has two NFL regular-season starts between them.
Son sought in slaying of exlineman, wife: Police in Minnesota are investigating the deaths of a former lineman and his wife. The couple's son is a suspect.
Police doing a welfare check in Long Prairie, Minnesota, found the bodies of Barry Bennett, 63, and his wife, Carol. Barry Bennett was a third-round pick of the Saints in 1978 and also played with the Jets and Vikings during an 11-year career.
The Bennetts' son, Dylan Bennett, 22, is accused of shooting his parents multiple times before driving out of state for board a flight to Mexico. In an arrest warrant, Dylan Bennett is charged with two counts of second-degree murder, without premeditation.
“We are saddened by the tragic loss of former Vikings player Barry Bennett and his wife, Carol. Our thoughts are with their friends and family during this difficult time,” the Vikings said in a statement.
The Star Tribune reported that Barry Bennett recently retired as a physical education teacher in Long Prairie, about 125 miles northwest of Minneapolis.
Brady’s trademark refused: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has ruled there is only one “Tom Terrific.
The federal agency denied the Patriot QB's application on Thursday, noting that “the applied-for mark consists of or includes matter which may falsely suggest a connection with Tom Seaver.”
Seaver, a Hall of Famer who won 311 MLB games over 20 seasons, was nicknamed “Tom Terrific” by Mets fans.
Brady has said he doesn't like the nickname and was just trying to trademark it to keep others from using it without his permission. His legal team has six months to reply to the ruling or else his application will be abandoned, the trademark office said in its ruling.
Extra Points: Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones believes a deal with holdout RB Ezekiel Elliott will be reached before the Sept. 8 season-opener with the Giants. “Things happen real quick. Sometimes within hours,” Jones told 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Friday. The Cowboys have had an offer on the table for several weeks that would make Elliot the second-highest paid RB in the league beind the Rams' Todd Gurley II, ESPN reported . ... Titans OT Taylor Lewan was suspended four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, ESPN reported.