The Carolina Panthers don't want Charles Johnson (hamstring) to play more than 30 snaps in Thursday's game against the Cowboys, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Johnson will be activated from IR/designated to return at some point Tuesday, setting him up to play in a game for the first time since Week 3. He should be a solid IDP option for Week 13, but owners can probably do better for Week 12, given that Johnson will be limited.
Johnson may still need to practice, but it sounds as if he's expected to return for Thursday's game against the Cowboys. His return would provide a big boost for a defense that got along just fine without him.
Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson (hamstring) has been placed on injured reserve/designated to return. Johnson was already expected to miss multiple games, and he can now officially be ruled out until Week 12.
Although it's still a huge loss for the Carolina defense, the Panthers did trade for fellow defensive end Jared Allen to mitigate the impact of Johnson's absence. Allen's name may carry more weight, but Johnson is the far superior player at this stage of their respective careers.
Johnson suffered a significant hamstring injury during Sunday's win over the Saints and will consequently miss Carolina's Week 4 contest. While the Panthers' Week 5 bye allows Johnson another week to get healthy, it remains to be seen whether his injury will hamper him beyond the next couple weeks.
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
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