ESPN’s Panthers beat reporter, David Newton, is reporting that the Panthers will wear their black alternate helmets — presumably as part of a mono-black combo — for this Sunday’s home game against the Falcons.
There had already been some hints and clues about the black lids being worn this week, like this tweet early today from Panthers.com writer Darin Gantt:
Eyeball emoji. pic.twitter.com/hiF0yUbu56
— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) December 13, 2023
In addition, the Panthers’ promotional theme for Sunday’s game is a celebration of Black culture, so a black uniform, including the helmet, fits in with that.
This will be the first time this season that Carolina has worn the black alternate helmet. The design was introduced last year and was worn once, for a 25-15 win over the Falcons (the same team that will be facing the Panthers this Sunday). You can see photos from that game here.
(My thanks to Gabe Cornwall, who saw this news coming and told me in advance to be ready for it.)