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Top Charles Johnson News

  • Charles Johnson: Hangs up the cleats

    Johnson announced his retirement Wednesday, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.

    Johnson wraps up his career as one of the most decorated Panthers defensive players of all time. Having played 11 seasons in Carolina, Johnson registered 67.5 sacks and 352 tackles during his career.

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  • Charles Johnson: Cut by Carolina

    The Panthers released Johnson on Monday, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.

    With Carolina in need of cap space and Johnson coming off a season in which he failed to record a sack in 12 games while missing four contests for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy, the 31-year-old was always considered a prime candidate to get cut before the start of the new league year. Given his lack of productivity as a pass rusher in recent seasons, Johnson, who ranks second in franchise history with 67.5 sacks, could have difficulty landing anything more than a one-year deal in free agency this offseason.

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  • Panthers' Charles Johnson: Inactive Sunday

    Johnson (coach's decision) is listed as inactive for Sunday's wild-card game against the Saints.

    Johnson, who played just 17 snaps in the Panthers' regular season finale last week, won't be used during the team's wild-card tilt. Wes Horton figures to provide depth at defensive end behind Julius Peppers and Mario Addison.

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  • Panthers' Charles Johnson: Suspension over

    Johnson's suspension was lifted Monday, per the league's official transaction log.

    Johnson has officially satisfied the four-game suspension he was handed for a violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. The Panthers were granted a temporary roster exemption upon his reinstatement, and the team will therefore need to let another player go in order to officially bring Johnson back to the roster.

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  • Panthers' Charles Johnson: Suspended four games

    Johnson was handed a four-game suspension Friday for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

    Johnson's suspension will begin immediately, so he won't play in Sunday's game against the Saints and will also sit out the next three contests. That puts Johnson in line to return for the Panthers' Week 17 matchup with the Falcons, as well as any postseason action to follow. Mario Addison, Julius Peppers and Wes Horton could see heightened roles in the Panthers' defensive-line rotation while Johnson, who has just 16 tackles and no sacks on the season, is unavailable the next four weeks.

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  • Panthers' Charles Johnson: Active versus Bears

    Johnson (groin) is active for Sunday's game against the Bears.

    Johnson was listed on Friday's injury report with a groin injury, but he was able to practice without limitations. He's slated to start at defensive end per usual, though Julius Peppers figures to see his share of snaps as well.

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  • Panthers' Charles Johnson: Nursing groin injury

    Johnson (groin) practiced without limitations Friday, but he's still listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup with Chicago, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.

    Johnson was a new arrival on Friday's injury report, so this latest ailment was likely sustained in practice. The veteran is listed as a starting defensive end, but he still shares snaps with Julius Peppers, especially in pass-rushing situations. Therefore, if Johnson can't go, expect both Peppers and Wes Horton to see an increase in their respective snap counts.

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  • Panthers' Charles Johnson: Absent from injury report

    Johnson (back) was not listed on the first Panthers' injury report of the season Tuesday, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official website reports.

    Johnson's back issues in camp were closely connected to the hamstring injuries that have caused him to miss 10 games over the past two seasons. As expected, the Panthers allowed the veteran to ease his way back into game shape in order to avoid aggravating the injury. The goal was for the 31-year-old to return Week 1, and judging by his absence from the team's injury report, his recovery went according to plan. Given the depth on the team's defensive line, do not expect Johnson to see a full workload right away.

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  • Panthers' Charles Johnson: Targeting Week 1 return

    Johnson (back) hopes to be ready for the start of the upcoming campaign, ESPN's David Newton reports.

    Johnson has missed 10 games over the past two seasons due to hamstring injuries, which he said were closely connected to the lower-back pain he'd experienced in recent times. In fact, the 31-year-old's back problems were so bad that he was unable to get out of bed earlier this offseason. That pain resulted in Johnson undergoing a microdiscectomy in March -- a procedure he said provided him with immediate relief. Now taking part in Carolina's training camp preparations, Johnson is aiming to be ready to play by Week 1. Whenever he reenters the fold, the Panthers' depth at defensive end should allow Johnson to remain relatively fresh, but his days of approaching double-digit sacks are likely behind him now.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 278 lbs
Birthplace: Hawkinsville, GA, USA
Age: 36
School: Georgia
Experience: 12