The Carolina Panthers exercised the fifth-year option on Star Lotulelei 's rookie contract.
Selected 14th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, Lotulelei has just six sacks in 44 games but has been consistently excellent against the run. Carolina's recent decision to rescind Josh Norman's franchise tag may have partially been due to the team's desire to save cap room for long-term extensions for Lotulelei and fellow defensive tackle Kawann Short.
For the second consecutive day, Lotulelei's practice reps were capped, but his presence was nonetheless encouraging, as it marked the first time he's gone through drills since sustaining a stress reaction in his right foot at the outset of training camp.
Friday's injury report should relay whether or not he's trending toward factoring into the Panthers' rotation at defensive tackle in Week 2.
This marks the first time Lotulelei participated in practice since suffering a stress fracture in his surgically repaired foot in August. It's a good sign for his status regarding Sunday's game.
Lotulelei had surgery to repair a broken bone in that foot in January.
He'll be shut down and reevaluated in "a few weeks".
Rivera said the team kept out of the remainder of practice as a precaution. Lotulelei suffered a broken foot last January and missed the team's game against the Seahawks. The foot was sore during practice and the Panthers decided to take no chances.
|P1||8/11/16||@ BAL||7:30 pm|
|P2||8/20/16||@ TEN||3:00 pm|
|1||9/8/16||@ DEN||8:30 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|6||10/16/16||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
|9||11/6/16||@ LAR||4:05 pm|
|12||11/27/16||@ OAK||4:25 pm|
|13||12/4/16||@ SEA||8:30 pm|
|15||12/19/16||@ WAS||8:30 pm|
|17||1/1/17||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
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