Panthers announce Charles Johnson had knee surgery

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Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson had to go under the knife on Friday after he recently developed swelling around his right knee.

General Manager Marty Hurney confirmed to the Charlotte Observer that the team’s medical staff recommended the arthroscopic operation that Hurney deemed a “minor clean-out.” Johnson took to Twitter to tell his followers that the operation was successful.

There’s no word yet on Johnson’s availability for organized team activities or the mandatory minicamp in June, but it is a good bet that he’ll be limited if he does anything at all. He’s expected to be fine in time for training camp.

Carolina should hope that’s the case. They remind awfully thin at defensive end outside of Johnson and they will need either Greg Hardy or third-round pick Frank Alexander to turn into productive players up front even if Johnson is 100 percent.

Johnson had nine sacks in 2011, the first under a six-year, $72 million contract he signed before the season got underway.

9 responses to “Panthers announce Charles Johnson had knee surgery

  1. Here’s hoping “Big Money” comes back for the season. If not, the O will need to put up 48 pts a game to have a chance.

  2. I wouldn’t say thin – we still have Antwan Applewhite and Thomas Keiser. Both played well last year after stepping in.

    For Johnson, I don’t care about the big bucks – he earned his money. But the thing is, once you get it, fans expect you to keep earning it for it to be justified. Couple this with his back injury from last season and I start to get scared though.

  3. grandmachine says: May 4, 2012 7:04 PM

    It’s obvious that everyone knows that Charles Johnson was the highest paid man last year because of the Yahoo article.
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    Panther fans know his salary because we know how much the Panthers had to overpay to keep him away from ATL.

  4. Show me more Keiser, trade for a real end or roll big money into a hybrid dt slot and let’s get some kind of real pass rush going….

    The old deal is NOT working and everyone knows it. I would re-do his contract in a heart beat if he has less than 10 sacks this season…that is ridiculous! I mean get real….Way too much money for way too little production. Can we say fat and happy?

  5. I always get worried when a player goes in for a minor clean-up procedure and then the player and the team start screaming about how minor it was, when no one questioned if he would be ready for the season. Jeff Otah has had 2 “minor” knee procedures that cost him nearly a full season each.

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