Horton has signed a two-year contract to remain with the Panthers. Horton's deal with keep him in Carolina through the 2018 campaign. Undrafted out of USC, Horton has been released and re-signed by the Panthers three times since entering the league in 2013, but after starting 10 of his 11 games played last year, he'll now enjoy some job security heading into the upcoming season.
Horton did not play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Steelers. Horton missed three of the Panthers' four exhibition contests after spraining his wrist to start camp, but his lone appearance came in the all-important third preseason game. Knowing his roster spot was under threat, Horton suited up and managed two tackles during that contest. Although it remains to be seen whether he'll survive final cuts, Horton has been valued for his physicality in defending the run from his defensive end post for the Panthers the past three seasons.
Horton sprained his wrist during Friday's practice, Panthers writer Bryan Strickland reports. It's unclear how Horton suffered the injury, but he'll likely miss at least a couple days. How long he's out is dependent on the severity of the sprain, and can vary from a few days to multiple weeks. Look for Rakim Cox and Larry Webster to see some extra reps as long as Horton is injured.
Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson sustained a hamstring injury Sunday against the Saints and could miss "several" weeks, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports. Johnson left in the second half with only one assisted tackle on the ledger, bringing his season-long line to five tackles (two solo) and one sack. His diagnosis should be known within the the next few days, but Mario Addison and Wes Horton (shoulder) are present to pick up the slack at defensive end in Johnson's stead.
The Panthers have listed WR Tavarres King, WR Marvin McNutt, CB Josh Norman, RB Jonathan Stewart, LB Dan Connor, OL Travis Bond and DE Wes Horton as inactive against the 49ers. Stewart attempted to get through practice this week despite a knee injury. The other six players are healthy scratches.