Panthers Wide Receiver Leaves Game After Sideline Confrontation

The Carolina Panthers are in the middle of a closely contested battle against the Los Angeles Rams, but they'll have to finish the game without one of their star wide receivers. The Panthers coaching staff sent wide receiver Robbie Anderson to the locker room after a heated sideline argument. Anderson got in the face of wide receivers coach Joe Dailey, much to the consternation of interim head coach Steve Wilks. Wilks promptly ended Anderson's afternoon, expelling him from the game. Anderson was escorted to the locker room, yelling back at his sideline all the while.

Wilks took over this week following the firing of head coach Matt Rhule. Wilks previously served as defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns in 2019 and had a one-year stint as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals in 2018. He was handed interim head coaching duties after serving as Defensive Pass Game Coordinator for the Panthers over the first five weeks of the season.
Anderson joined the Panthers as a free agent in 2020 following four years with the New York Jets in which he compiled 3059 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns. He has contributed 1821 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in 38 appearances since.

Today's incident will likely expedite Anderson's exit from Carolina. Following Rhule's termination, it would make sense for the team to start parting ways with veterans who aren't long-term fits in the organization. That would appear to include Anderson.

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