To start, running back Jonathan Stewart underwent surgery on his left foot on Wednesday, after managing to play in all 16 regular-season contests and leading the Panthers in rushing yards.
The procedure is not the first for Stewart, who underwent toe surgery the month before Carolina selected him in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
In other news, the NFL and the NFL Players Association have already pledged $2.5 million to aid in relief and recovery efforts in Haiti. The NFL and NFLPA will contribute $1 million through their Disaster Relief Fund to the American Red Cross and Partners In Health ($500,000 each). In addition, the NFL and its network partners will run pregame and in-game messages during this weekend’s games valued at $1.5 million to promote donations. NFL owners and players are also making their own personal donations.
So if you’re able to, please donate food, clothes, money, or whatever you might think will aid in the relief to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.
And the latest news, the Panthers have a new wide receivers coach. After long-time receivers coach Richard Williamson retired on Monday.
Tyke Tolbert, a former wide receiver at the Louisiana State University (LSU) has replaced Williamson. Tolbert was the Bills’ wide receivers coach for six seasons.
“Tyke’s experience both as a player and coach provide him with a sound knowledge of the wide receiver position,” head coach John Fox said. “He is a highly regarded coach and we think he will make a strong contribution to our offense.”
Tolbert’s career has seen him in Arizona with the Cardinals, at Ohio University, Louisiana-Monroe, Auburn, Louisiana-Lafayette, and Florida.
With the Cardinals, Tolbert coached receiver Anquan Boldin, who 101 passes for 1,377 yards and made the Pro Bowl, all in his rookie year.
Tolbert also coached receivers Eric Moulds and Lee Evans, with the Buffalo Bills. Evans had back-to-back 1,000+ receiving yard seasons and Moulds had more than 1,000-yards receiving during Tolbert’s first year in Buffalo.
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