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.
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.
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.
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.
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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