Panthers activate Stephon Gilmore, place Darryl Johnson on IR

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Stephon Gilmore will be on the field for the Panthers for the first time in Sunday’s game against the Falcons.

Carolina announced on Saturday that the team has activated the star cornerback off the physically unable to perform list.

The Panthers acquired Gilmore from the Patriots on Oct. 6 in exchange for a 2023 sixth-round pick. Gilmore was on the PUP list after undergoing offseason surgery to repair a torn quad. He was eligible to return for the Week Seven loss to the Giants, but Carolina elected to give him another week to heal.

Per Darin Gantt of the Panthers’ website, Carolina plans is to ease Gilmore into action this week with work in sub packages instead of playing a full workload of defensive snaps.

Gilmore hasn’t appeared in a game since Dec. 2020. In 11 starts last year, he recorded an interception, three passes defensed, and a forced fumble.

Gilmore was the 2019 defensive player of the year when he led the league with six interceptions and 20 passes defensed.

The Panthers also announced that they’ve placed linebacker Darryl Johnson on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. And the team has used standard practice squad elevations for receiver Keith Kirkwood and punter Lachlan Edwards for Sunday’s game against Atlanta.

4 responses to “Panthers activate Stephon Gilmore, place Darryl Johnson on IR

  1. Dude is 30+ comming off a leg injury. No way anyone was giving this guy a multi year deal.look at Sherman and Norman. Once they hit that age they fell off of a cliff.

  2. This will be an interesting experiment to see if the talent is still there after an injury that matters at his position as everyone now thinks the guy is gonna stink !! … and did BB wiff in letting him go ?? well the jury will be out as SG finally gets to show …. playing for one last big contract in the remaining games as hoping no fluke injury happens as will be such a shame.

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