Jordan (back), who underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure on his lower back in February, is not currently participating in OTAs but expects to be back by training camp, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "We're playing it safe," Jordan said on Wednesday. "I can't give out a timetable for me coming back, but I do know that it will be well within camp season."
Jordan played through the back injury most of last season, occasionally missing practice time but never a game. Despite the lingering malady, he still managed to accrue 10 sacks and earn his second Pro Bowl appearance. While Jordan has a tendency to disappear -- he recorded only a single tackle four separate times in 2015 -- his consistent double-digit sack totals nevertheless make him a valuable IDP commodity.
Lewis underwent hip surgery Monday, The New Orleans Advocate reports.
Lewis was placed on season-ending injured reserve recently due to hip and knee complications, and had surgery on his hip labrum Monday to correct that ailment. The veteran will now aim to get healthy ahead of next season, while the Saints' porous defense tries to at least finish this season respectfully.
Benjamin (knee) was a limited participant during Thursday's OTA session, his first organized practice with the Panthers since suffering a torn left ACL during last year's training camp prior to the 2015 season.
Benjamin was held out of 11-on-11 activities as he won't rush the lengthy recovery process that results from an ACL injury, but the fact that he was on the field for individual drills is a good sign with training camp fast approaching. His Week 1 status is not currently up in the air, while he's expected to once again be a limited participant in OTAs when the team gets back on the practice field next Tuesday.
Benwikere suffered a lower leg fracture during Sunday's game against the Falcons, ruling him out for the remainder of this season.
Benwikere's injury raises a significant concern for the Panthers' secondary, as he not only started Carolina's past four games at outside cornerback, but he's also proven to be an excellent nickelback. With such versatility, the second-year Benwikere registered 59 tackles, nine passes defended and one sack this season. With veteran Charles Tillman (knee) sidelined recently, the Panthers may be in the market for further help to their secondary this week.
Davis' broken arm is healing well, ESPN.com reports.
Davis broke his right forearm during the Panthers' NFC Championship victory, but had surgery the next day and played through the subsequent pain just two weeks later in the Super Bowl. While Davis still has a metal plate in his arm and is unable to lift weights at the moment, he's been progressing well in his recovery, which has seen the pain in his arm subside. Although Davis still has to temper his offseason preparations, it appears he's on track to make a full recovery ahead of training camp.
Kuechly is on pace for a return after getting rid of the sling that aided in the immediate recovery from surgery on the partially torn labrum in his left shoulder, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports. "It's going to be a gradual process," Kuechly said. "Once everybody gets back I'll be able to do some stuff, but they are going to alter and modify what I can do. We have time so we might as well use the time."
Kuechly suffered the ailment in the regular season finale but missed no time thereafter, whether it was practice or in game, and he proceeded to make history, returning an interception for a touchdown in back-to-back playoff games. In addition to the game-breaking plays against the Seahawks and Cardinals, he totaled 29 tackles, one sack, and one fumble recovery during the Panthers' three-game postseason run. As he proceeds through rehabilitation, Kuechly noted that he's avoiding weight-bearing exercises in favor of more cardio, namely "bike stuff and lower body stuff."