Charles Johnson out again, “a lot of concern” about DeAngelo Williams

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With a win and some help from the Seahawks on Sunday, the Panthers will enter their Week 14 game against the Saints in a tie for first place in the NFC South.

They’ll have to get that win without defensive end Charles Johnson. Johnson has been ruled out of this weekend’s game with the Buccaneers as a result of the knee injury that sidelined him against the Dolphins last week. Mario Addison did well in Johnson’s absence last week and will step in again this week.

The Panthers may also be vying for that victory without running back DeAngelo Williams. Williams hasn’t practiced all week because of a quad injury and coach Ron Rivera said Friday, via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, that there’s “a lot of concern” about Williams’ ability to play. Rivera said a final decision on Williams’ status will be made on Saturday, and, for now, he’s listed as questionable.

Rivera does expect to have Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert in the lineup despite nagging injuries for both back and wide receiver Steve Smith should also play after returning to practice on Friday following Thursday’s knee-related absence.

3 responses to “Charles Johnson out again, “a lot of concern” about DeAngelo Williams

  1. The NFL fines the types of hits that are actionable and will get them sued (see $765,000,000 settlement of concussion lawsuit).

    The NFL’s newly adopted caring about protecting the player is actually the NFL’s caring about their bottom line – as expenses affect the net effect on the bottom line just in the same way gross revenues do.

    However, the NFL rarely fines the types of hits that leave end careers (like Cannon’s leg whip) or leave men crippled shells of themselves barely able to care for themselves (e.g., Earl Campbell). Regardless of the devastating effect of these types of injuries, they are considered unactionable by being long accepted risks of the game.

    This latter category of injuries does not affect the NFL’s bottom line, and the NFL continues to deny thousands of needy players care for legitimate needs.

    In sum, the NFL’s big push about protecting the player – has little do with protecting the player. It’s about protecting the profit margin.

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