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Panthers coach Ron Rivera says QB Cam Newton got the wind knocked out of him in Friday's preseason game. X-rays were taken as a precaution and came back negative.
Definitely understandable that the Panthers are being over-protective right now, and rightfully so. The offensive line is still jelling and it's Newton who is the one to suffer as he's going to take plenty of hits if the front-five don't put it together. He still makes for a decent fantasy option because of his legs, but if he starts running less, you might be in trouble with him this year.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Aldon Smith said he is "hungry" to bounce back in 2015.
While that's all well and good, the bottom line is that Smith needs to stay focused on the field and out of trouble off it. His suspension really hurt the 49ers defense and with a new regime taking over, he needs to really prove that he's more than just a problem child. He can be one of the best in the game if he's focused, so if he's really that hungry, the 49ers will let him eat. Analysis: Howard Bender