Leonard Johnson participates in first Panthers practice

Some help appears to be on the way for the Carolina Panthers much-maligned secondary.

An offseason free agent signing many forgot about, former Buccaneers and Patriots nickel back Leonard Johnson, returned to practice for his first time with the Panthers after offseason surgery on his Achilles.

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Johnson has been on the reserved PUP list since training camp recovering from his injury, and Carolina has until Week 11 to activate him.

The five-year veteran has made 20 career starts with 121 tackles and five interceptions. He played in four games for the Patriots last season.

With Johnson's potential return imminent, and James Bradberry and Robert McClain set to come back from their respective injuries after the bye, brighter days for the Panthers' secondary may be ahead.

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