Panthers coach Steve Wilks kicks WR Robbie Anderson out of game

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — With his offense struggling on the field, Carolina Panthers interim coach Steve Wilks threw wide receiver Robbie Anderson off the field on Sunday with the wide receiver in a heated argument with position coach Joe Dailey.

Anderson got into a shouting match with Dailey late in the first half and opened the second half on a stationary bicycle wearing a baseball cap.

Late in the third quarter, Anderson sat himself on a cooler wearing a cap while the rest of the offense talked strategy on the sideline.

Then late in the third quarter with the Panthers trailing the Los Angeles Rams 17-10 and without a first down since the first quarter, Anderson and Dailey again had an exchange. Wilks stepped in and sent Anderson to the locker room.

Anderson was brought to Carolina by Matt Rhule, who was fired on Monday. Anderson played for Rhule at Temple.

He didn’t have a catch on Sunday and has struggled in general for the second straight year. He entered Sunday’s game with 13 catches for 206 yards, 75 of that on a touchdown in the opener against the Cleveland Browns on a pass from Baker Mayfield.

A league source told ESPN before the game Anderson was a player the Panthers would consider trading.

A team that trades for Anderson would take on his $575,000 salary for the rest of the year, while the Panthers — who restructured his contract in March — would take a $20 million dead-cap hit, spread across this year and next.

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