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With Bené Benwikere back, Carolina Panthers gain a ball-hawking player in the secondary.

Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams has dealt with the loss of his mother and two injuries this season. In a rare moment of openness, he reflected on what 2014 has been like for him.

Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly remains the leading vote-getter among inside linebackers after the second round of Pro Bowl fan balloting, which was announced Wednesday. Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, who has never been to a Pro Bowl, is currently fifth in the fan balloting.

With the Panthers having gone nearly two months without a win, Cam Newton and Panthers coach Ron Rivera say Newton is doing a better job of learning from losses and not letting them linger.

Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson said he has no regrets about a Twitter exchange he had with a fan who criticized Johnson for tweeting about the peaceful protests across the country Tuesday, a day after the rioting in Ferguson, Mo.

Carolina Panthers rookie receiver/returner Philly Brown missed Wednesday’s practice with an illness, and defensive tackle Star Lotulelei remains sidelined with an ankle injury that is expected to keep him out against the Vikings.

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