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Highly unlikely for Charles Johnson to play

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On Thursday, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said it’s “more than likely” that defensive end Charles Johnson will miss Sunday’s game at Miami.  Per a league source, the chances of Johnson playing are even less than that.

It would be a major surprise, we’re told, if Johnson plays only six days after suffering an MCL injury, thanks to a leg whip from Patriots tackle Marcus Cannon.

The MCL heals with time and rest.  While the Panthers could use Johnson for upcoming games against the Dolphins and Buccaneers, the best approach could be to get healed up in advance of the first of two showdowns with the Saints.

Johnson has 8.5 sacks in 10 games.  His career high is 12.5.

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8 Responses to “Highly unlikely for Charles Johnson to play”
  1. lastcenturion83 says: Nov 22, 2013 7:07 AM

    Has Cannon been fined?

  2. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Nov 22, 2013 7:57 AM

    Cannon’s leg whip has no place in the NFL. Lame as it gets, man.

  3. ccjcsr says: Nov 22, 2013 8:03 AM

    Should have been a penalty on that play he got hurt

  4. sportsmeccabi says: Nov 22, 2013 8:14 AM

    I’m worried about this Dolphins game. Theyre a competent team and could beat us if we just show up flat after the two big wins.

    But Charles should sit the next two weeks. Cam and company need to just take care of business these next weeks and let him get healthy so we can be at full force against the saints.

    I hate looking ahead, but I am so pumped for those two games against the saints. I can’t even remember the last time Carolina was playing a game in November that actually mattered for something other than a draft pick.

  5. hooterdawg says: Nov 22, 2013 8:20 AM

    Has the NFL fined Cannon for the leg whip? Lost in the discussion of more controversial calls was this attempt to inflict serious injury on another player.

  6. leatherhead9 says: Nov 22, 2013 8:21 AM

    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 second 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.

  7. pilot2011 says: Nov 22, 2013 10:57 AM

    Frank Alexander will have his opportunity. Mario Addison and Horton are solid players too.

  8. patriotenvy says: Nov 22, 2013 9:59 PM

    Panther fans sure do a lot of crying about the refs! It’s not like the guy is Tom Brady or something. Now Tom they have to protect. He makes the NFL great.

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