Short recorded two tackles and two sacks across 35 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Cowboys. Short anchored the Panthers' defensive line on Sunday, holding Ezekiel Elliot to 69 yards in the contest. In addition to his two sacks, he also played a key role in Mario Addison's strip sack of Dak Prescott, as Short took on a double-team of blocks from the Cowboys' line.
Short (hand) suited up for practice Monday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports. Short was also spotted without a cast on his left hand. Ranked as the No. 3 defensive tackle by Pro Football Focus last year behind Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh, Short's full recovery guarantees his starting position. Having recorded 24.5 sacks over the last three seasons, the 28-year-old enters the 2018 campaign as an elite player at his position.
Short finished the 2017 regular season with 49 tackles (27 solo), 7.5 sacks, two fumbles forced and one fumble recovery across 16 games. Short continues to put up excellent numbers for an interior defensive lineman, evidencing just why Carolina awarded him a five-year, $80 million contract last offseason. For reference, only three defensive tackles posted more sacks than Short this season, yet none of them totaled more tackles. With an average of 53 tackles along with a combined 24.5 sacks over the last three seasons, the 28-year-old is undoubtedly one of the best players in the NFL at his position.
Short compiled five tackles, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble Sunday against the Buccaneers. Short's stellar performance comes one week removed from being blanked across the fantasy stat line in Week 15 against the Packers. This kind of inconsistency can be difficult for fantasy owners to deal with in the midst of fantasy championships, especially against Matt Ryan, who has been sacked on just 4.5 percent of his dropbacks, ranking eighth in the league in said category.
Short posted three tackles (two solo) and a sack in Sunday's 17-3 loss to the Bears. Short has now tallied four sacks in Carolina's last four outings. He'll look to keep them coming when the Panthers travel to Tampa Bay next Sunday.