Johnson (back) is undergoing surgery that will keep him out of action until training camp, Max Henson of the team's official site reports. The 30-year-old, who recently signed a two-year extension, has been been dealing with back pain and will undergo a minor surgery to address the issue. "Following the surgery, we want Charles as active as possible while still taking the proper precautions," head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said. "He will be up and moving around the next day, and we will progressively bring him back." Johnson recorded 26 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and two pass deflections through 13 games last season and shows no signs of slowing down. Look for more updates on his status to come once training camp is underway.
Johnson signed a two-year, $9.5 million contract with the Panthers on Tuesday. Johnson, who has been with the Panthers since 2007, is not going anywhere soon. The veteran defensive end ranks second all-time for the Panthers with 67.5 sacks and has been the team captain for three straight seasons. He could have become an unrestricted free agent but instead opted to stick with familiar scenery. Johnson presumably will head into 2017 as the team's starting left defensive end.
Johnson (foot) was ruled out of Sunday's game in Tampa Bay. Johnson returned from a two-game absence to suit up for last week's contest versus the Falcons, but it isn't clear if he had sustained a setback while playing. In his absence, look for Kony Ealy to get the start at defensive end opposite Wes Horton.
Johnson (hamstring) will play and start in Saturday's matchup with Atlanta. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said that Johnson looked good in practice this week after he sat out the team's past two games. His return will bump Kony Ealy back to his typical role as a depth defensive lineman.
Johnson (hamstring) will not play in Monday's game against the Redskins, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports. The absence will be Johnson's second straight while he continues to recover from a hamstring injury. Kony Ealy will presumably fill in at defensive end while the veteran is sidelined.