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In what has become a weekly tradition at Bank of America Stadium, Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera began his Monday news conference addressing the latest injury to a running back. But on the bright side, the Panthers are still tied for first in the shaky NFC South.

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera didn’t have a chance to meet with Baltimore Ravens receiver Steve Smith before, during or immediately after the game, but he made sure to go to the Ravens’ locker room later Sunday afternoon.

With injuries to DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert, running back Darrin Reaves sees an opportunity.

The Carolina Panthers were worried about Joe Flacco’s big arm, but he hurt them more with his quick release, earning the highest QB rating in franchise history.

After Sunday’s 38-10 Baltimore Ravens victory over Carolina, former Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith said his former team didn’t deserve any trash talk on the field. He just went about his business.

For the second consecutive week, Carolina’s vaunted defense allowed a team to run and throw all over it while losing the physicality battle all day.

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