The Panthers have remained optimistic, but the pain in Cam Newton’s ankle hasn't gone away just yet, a reminder he’s not quite 100 percent.
The effects of surgery to tighten those tendons are still lingering and could actually be a problem for Newton heading into the season. It's not that we don't believe that he can play on it, but just how effectively he'll be able to play is the question. Scrambling outside the pocket is one of the main aspects of Newton's game. If he's at less than 100-percent, the whole offense could suffer.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Kobe Bryant is still unsure if 2015-16 will be his final season in the NBA.
“We haven’t set anything in stone and I’ve talked about it before. But could this be the last [season]? Absolutely," Bryant told Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports. "It’s tough to decide. It’s really tough to make those types of decisions." In a nutshell, Kobe said that he won't be able to make a decision until after the season. He wants to see how much he enjoys playing still and the only time to make that determination is after the season comes to a close. It looks like this will annoyingly drag out all season and all of next summer. Analysis: Howard Bender
Ameer Abdullah is apparently impressing during the early stages of training camp.
Abdullah has been turning heads since being selected in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The Lions' see him as the second coming of Reggie Bush in Joe Lombardi's offensive system. If that is true, he'll get the ball on average 10.5 times per game but most expect that number to be the bare minimum for Abdullah's rookie-year. The ADP on Ameer has him getting selected in the sixth round of most drafts. Analysis: Drew Phelps