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Charles Johnson “more than likely” out Sunday

Charles Johnson AP

The Panthers have built their six-game win streak on the play of a strong defense, which is based on the strength of the front four.

Half of that group was missing from practice Thursday, and at least one of them isn’t expected to play Sunday against the Dolphins, according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said defensive end Charles Johnson was “more than likely” out Sunday, after taking a leg-whip from Patriots tackle Marcus Cannon Monday night. His absence has been described as week-to-week, and that’s apparently going to cost him at least one.

Meanwhile, defensive end Greg Hardy skipped practice with a sore knee, which Rivera described as precautionary. Hardy went through walk-throughs and complained of soreness, and was given the day off.

As good as the Panthers have looked lately, missing Johnson’s a huge blow, and the possibility of Hardy being out could be a disaster. The Panthers are rotating a group including Frank Alexander, Mario Addison and Wes Horton in reserve.

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13 Responses to “Charles Johnson “more than likely” out Sunday”
  1. thepftpoet says: Nov 21, 2013 3:36 PM

    Panthers > Seahawks

  2. onixtorres says: Nov 21, 2013 3:36 PM

    Wishing Mr. Johnson a speedy recovery.

    Miami’s chances of an upset just got a little better. :)

  3. wfederal says: Nov 21, 2013 3:44 PM

    Great… Because we never have injuries to key player… Huge blow

  4. jgedgar70 says: Nov 21, 2013 3:57 PM

    I don’t think Rivera has even spoken to Alexander since his stupid penalty & ejection in week 1. I’m sure he’s third on this list of backups. Sure hope The Kracken plays. We’re toast if he doesn’t………

  5. jodanjames23 says: Nov 21, 2013 3:57 PM

    I think in this game , as long as the offense plays well we will be ok. Don’t get me wrong, the defense will have to play a good game, but not lights out. Now, against the Saints, we will need to be at full strength.

  6. thundastormz says: Nov 21, 2013 3:59 PM

    The leg whip was terribly dirty. Guy got pancaked and as he is laying on his back rolls straight into Johnson. Not even close to a football play.

  7. assuredmutualdestruction says: Nov 21, 2013 4:01 PM

    thepftpoet says:Nov 21, 2013 3:36 PM

    Panthers > Seahawks
    —————————————-
    Panthers > Niners

    …there, fixed it for you.

  8. 6ball says: Nov 21, 2013 4:01 PM

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    Carolina at Miami is a classic trap game. Carolina has to travel after their big wins vs. SF and NE. Miami has some talent on both sides of the ball and needs a victory to overshadow their off field activities.
    .

  9. pathsovglory says: Nov 21, 2013 4:33 PM

    Panthers > Seahawks

    —————————————————-

    Scoreboard.

    Record.

    Conference.

    I got love for the Panthers but c’mon man…

  10. leatherhead9 says: Nov 21, 2013 4:45 PM

    So the Panthers got jobbed by the refs with this no call. It would have moved the Pats 15 yards back, maybe saved the Gronk TD, but definitely would have taken more than 3 seconds of the half off the clock. The Pats get a hall pass, and force Johnson to sit against Pats division rival. Panthers got major jobbed by the refs.

  11. boisestatewhodat says: Nov 21, 2013 4:48 PM

    SAINTS>panthers

  12. nathpz says: Nov 21, 2013 4:54 PM

    So when is the league going to fine Marcus Cannon for that leg whip? Or does player safety only matter when it’s a big-market quarterback?

  13. slammincamnewton says: Nov 22, 2013 5:59 AM

    Panthers were a DWill fumble away inside the 10 yard line from beating the Seachickens. See you in January.

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