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NFC South Standings

Team Div Overall
3-0-0 5-6-0
1-2-0 5-6-0
1-1-0 4-7-0
0-2-0 1-10-0

2023 Defensive

Total Tackles
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
Forced Fumbles
Regular Season 23 1 1 0 0.0

Top Sam Franklin News

  • Panthers' Sam Franklin: Set to start Week 8

    Franklin is set to start at strong safety for Sunday's game against the Texans, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

    The move comes with safeties Vonn Bell (quadriceps) and Alex Cook (coach's decision) both inactive for Sunday's contest. Franklin has 22 tackles in six games this season -- already surpassing his 20 tackles from last year -- and an interception returned for a touchdown. He'll start at strong safety next to Xavier Woods.

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  • Panthers' Sam Franklin: Takes advantage of start

    Franklin recorded four tackles (two solo) and returned an interception for a touchdown in Sunday's 21-13 loss to the Vikings.

    Franklin received the start at free safety with Xavier Woods (hamstring) unable to play and took advantage of the opportunity. With the Vikings on the doorstep, the Temple product was able to pick off a pass intended for K.J. Osborn at the one-yard line and take it 99 yards for the first score of the game. It was the 27-year-old's first interception of his career, as well as his first touchdown. With Woods still ailing and potentially facing a multi-week absence, Franklin may get the start again in Week 5 against the Lions.

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  • Panthers' Sam Franklin: Expected to start

    Franklin should start Sunday against the Vikings, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

    Franklin will be the one to get the nod at free safety in place of Xavier Woods, who will be out with a hamstring injury. The Temple product ended up playing 53 defensive snaps against the Seahawks in Week 3, after Woods left with the injury, and recorded five tackles and a pass defended.

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  • Panthers' Sam Franklin: Staying in Carolina

    Franklin signed a one-year deal with the Panthers on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.

    Franklin was originally a restricted free agent, and now that he's signed his tender, the 27-year-old will be back in Carolina for the upcoming campaign. After going undrafted in 2020, he played primarily on special teams last season and logged 20 tackles (15 solo) in 17 games. Franklin should have a similar role and contribute on special teams during the 2023 campaign.

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  • Panthers' Sam Franklin: Tendered by Panthers

    Franklin received the minimum restricted free-agent tender from the Panthers on Monday, Josina Anderson of CBS Sports reports.

    This move gives the Panthers the ability to match any contract offered to Franklin. The linebacker-turned-safety is likely to return to Carolina in 2023, as Franklin's 67 tackles through 47 NFL games are unlikely to generate much buzz on the free-agent market.

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  • Panthers' Sam Franklin: Clears COVID protocols

    Franklin was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday.

    Franklin has mostly contributed on special teams this season, while providing extra depth at safety. Now healthy, he'll likely return to that role Sunday against the Saints.

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  • Panthers' Sam Franklin: Hits COVID list

    The Panthers placed Franklin on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, David Newton of reports.

    The 25-year-old was placed on the list after testing positive for the virus, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Franklin typically plays exclusively on special teams, so his potential absence Sunday against the Buccaneers won't affect Carolina's defensive game plan.

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  • Panthers' Sam Franklin: All clear fo Week 14

    Franklin (ankle) is officially active for Sunday's game against the Broncos, Bill Voth of the team's official site reports.

    Franklin logged full practice time Thursday and Friday despite taking the questionable tag into Sunday's game, so this is good news for the Panthers' secondary. The Temple product will see his first game action since Week 10, so it's unclear what sort of a role he'll have in the defense for Sunday's matchup.

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  • Panthers' Sam Franklin: All clear Thursday

    Franklin (ankle) was a full participant during Thursday's practice.

    Franklin was a limited participant Wednesday, but as evidenced by this news, he appears on track for Sunday's game against the Broncos. Franklin has yet to play since Week 10 due to the ankle injury, so his expected return will be a boost to the defense and special teams.

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  • Panthers' Sam Franklin: Unavailable against Vikings

    Franklin (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Vikings, David Newton of reports.

    Despite practicing without limitations to start the week, Franklin is unavailable for Sunday's NFC showdown. His absence hurts Carolina's secondary depth. Myles Hartsfield appears to be the primary backup to starters Juston Burris and Tre Boston. Rookie linebacker Jeremy Chinn figures to get some work at safety in select packages, too.

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  • Panthers' Sam Franklin: Clear of ankle injury

    Franklin (ankle) was a full practice participant Wednesday.

    The 24-year-old was inactive for Sunday's win over Detroit with the ankle issue, but he had no limitations at Wednesday's practice. Franklin was seeing significant snaps before suffering the injury Week 10 and could return to that role in the secondary.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 210 lbs
Birthplace: Inverness, FL
Age: 27
School: Temple
Experience: 4