Sunday, December 17, 2017
Sports

Panthers' Rivera gives air of calm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he's "not concerned" about his job security following Carolina's latest fourth-quarter collapse.

The Panthers blew a 12-point lead Sunday at Chicago and lost 23-22 on a last-second field goal by Robbie Gould. It marked the fourth straight game Carolina lost after leading in the fourth.

"At the end of the day I'm being evaluated," Rivera said. "But right now, it's not something I can be concerned with. If you start to worrying (about your job) and playing for the wrong reasons you're not going to give yourself a chance. When the moment comes or the time comes to be concerned, or not be concerned, then I'll go from there."

As for where the Panthers go from here is anyone's guess.

At 1-6 talk has shifted from waning playoff hopes to chances of landing the No. 1 pick in next year's draft and unloading players via trade. And there has already been change for Carolina: general manager Marty Hurney was fired last week.

BILLS STAR ON MEND: Bills defensive end Mario Williams was in an upbeat mood six days after arthroscopic surgery on his sprained left wrist. "(After) this procedure, it's definitely given me a lot of hope and a different mind-set," he said. The league's highest-paid defensive player said he'd play Sunday against his former team, the Texans.

BRONCOS: Linebacker Joe Mays is out for the season with a broken left fibula, suffered Sunday against the Saints.

CHARGERS: Receiver/returner Richard Goodman (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve.

CHIEFS: Quarterback Brady Quinn was being evaluated for a possible concussion and his status for Thursday night's game at San Diego won't be known until later in the week. Coach Romeo Crennel said Quinn will start if he's cleared. Otherwise, Matt Cassel will start.

COLTS: Coach Chuck Pagano attended a short staff meeting, his first time at the team's complex since being diagnosed with a form of leukemia Sept. 26.

DOLPHINS: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill's injuries, sustained against the Jets, were not serious but he was not certain to be available Sunday at Indianapolis, the Miami Herald reported.

EAGLES: AP reported that Michael Vick will keep his job as starting quarterback despite a slow start this season.

JETS: Coach Rex Ryan again stood by Mark Sanchez despite the quarterback's struggles in an ugly 30-9 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday that left fans chanting for Tim Tebow. "I think Mark's our guy," Ryan said. "I don't think there's any doubt about that."

TITANS: Quarterback Jake Locker (shoulder) will miss another week, so Matt Hasselbeck will remain the starter.

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