On The Prowl 9/16: Nine-Minute Madden Fumble

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PANTHERS SURPRISE LOCAL FANS: Players, Sir Purr and TopCats fanned out around Charlotte on Tuesday to thank fans and spread a little love during the first Panthers Community Blitz. Highlights include Shaq Thompson surprusing unsuspecting customers at the Bojangles' drive-thru, J.J. Jansen handing out gift cards at Autobell Car Wash and the players coincidentally running into rookie offensive tackle Daryl Williams at a local Bank of America branch. READ MORE

View photos of the players surprising local fans as part of the Panthers Community Blitz.

TEXANS' J.J. WATT WILL BE HANDFUL FOR PANTHERS: Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer outlines six reasons why Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt will provide a major challenge for the Panthers in Sunday's home opener. READ MORE

PANTHERS SIGN CENTER ERIC KUSH:The Panthers signed center Eric Kush to the practice squad and terminated center Shane McDermott from the practice squad on Wednesday morning. Kush was a Chiefs sixth-round pick in the 2013 draft out of the California University of Pennsylvania and was previously with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. READ MORE

PANTHERS DEFENSE/ST A TOP FANTASY PICKUP:Matt Harmon of NFL.com encourages fantasy owners in need of a sleeper pick at defense/special teams to grab Carolina off the waiver wire, as only 32.1% of teams in NFL.com leagues own the Panthers. **READ MORE *

FIVETHIRTYEIGHT GIVES PANTHERS 68% CHANCE OF VICTORY ON SUNDAY:Jay Boice and Nate Silver's weekly forecast predicts that Carolina will have a good chance of victory against Houston. READ MORE

COMICAL MADDEN GLITCH FEATURES PANTHERS: *A digital rematch of the Panthers' 2014 NFC Wild Card game vs. Arizona took a hilarious turn when a glitch prevented a fumble form being recovered for over nine minutes. The play is ultimately ruled a Panthers safety and seemingly closes with head coach Ron Rivera checking his watch. Carolina's defense featured some new faces too: Watt of the Houston Texans, linebackers Manti Te'o of the Chargers and Sean Lee of the Cowboys, plus Browns defensive tackle Danny Shelton. The viral video also led to a fun exchange between both teams on twitter. *READ MORE

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