Apple will start at corner in place of the injured Trae Waynes (hamstring) in Week 1 against the Vikings, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports. It's interesting to see Apple get the nod ahead of Darius Phillips and Mike Hilton, though Hilton is specifically tasked to be a slot corner.
The Panthers released Apple (hamstring) on Tuesday, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports. Apple hasn't been able to stay healthy, battling ankle and hamstring injuries this year. He's suited up in just two games and totaled 28 defensive snaps, and after leaving Tuesday's practice early to receive treatment on his hamstring, the Panthers decided to cut him loose. The 2016 first-round pick will now focus on getting healthy as he searches for his fourth NFL team in five years.
Apple (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game at New Orleans. The 25-year-old practiced as a full participant all week, so it's a bit of a surprise to see him carry an injury designation into the weekend. Assuming he plays, Apple should have an increased role with Rasul Douglas on the COVID-19 list.
Apple (hamstring) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Jonathan M. Alexander of The Charlotte Observer reports. Apple sat out the last two games due to a hamstring injury, but barring a setback, he'll return to the lineup Sunday against the Saints, who he played 25 games for over the previous two seasons. The 2016 first-round pick has played just six snaps this year -- all on special teams -- and it's unsettled what kind of role he'll have on the Panthers' defense. The team may choose to keep Apple in a reserve role considering it has allowed just 219 passing yards per game this season -- seventh in the league.
Apple (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Bears, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports. Apple has battled a myriad of injuries, as he'll sit out for the fifth time this season due to a hamstring issue. In the one game he did suit up, the 25-year-old cornerback played exclusively on special teams, so his absence will mainly affect the team's secondary depth.