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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
Johnson (back) has been a limited participant during the Panthers' OTAs this week, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.
Johnson, who underwent a procedure to repair a herniated disc earlier in the offseason, is on pace for a full return at training camp. The 30-year-old doesn't have much to prove in Carolina, so the team can gradually ease him back into action if need be.
Head coach Ron Rivera does not seem concerned about Johnson's (back) recent back surgery, Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer reports. "This is one of those things that if you play football, you're gonna have this. This was just an easy fix from my understanding," Rivera said. "We're just glad that it's done and he's feeling good and doing the things he's supposed to be doing now."
Johnson recently underwent a microdisectomy to repair a herniated disc, an operation that became necessary after an epidural failed to improve his lower back pain. Although Rivera admitted he wasn't sure of Johnson's timeline for a return, the 30-year-old defensive end is expected back for training camp and should be full go for the start of the 2017 season.
Johnson (back) is undergoing surgery that will keep him out of action until training camp, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.
The 30-year-old, who recently signed a two-year extension, has been been dealing with back pain and will undergo a minor surgery to address the issue. "Following the surgery, we want Charles as active as possible while still taking the proper precautions," head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said. "He will be up and moving around the next day, and we will progressively bring him back." Johnson recorded 26 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and two pass deflections through 13 games last season and shows no signs of slowing down. Look for more updates on his status to come once training camp is underway.
Johnson signed a two-year, $9.5 million contract with the Panthers on Tuesday.
Johnson, who has been with the Panthers since 2007, is not going anywhere soon. The veteran defensive end ranks second all-time for the Panthers with 67.5 sacks and has been the team captain for three straight seasons. He could have become an unrestricted free agent but instead opted to stick with familiar scenery. Johnson presumably will head into 2017 as the team's starting left defensive end.
Johnson (foot) was ruled out of Sunday's game in Tampa Bay.
Johnson returned from a two-game absence to suit up for last week's contest versus the Falcons, but it isn't clear if he sustained a setback while playing. In his absence, look for Kony Ealy to get the start at defensive end opposite Wes Horton.
Johnson (hamstring) will play and start in Saturday's matchup with Atlanta.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said that Johnson looked good in practice this week after he sat out the team's past two games. His return will bump Kony Ealy back to his typical role as a depth defensive lineman.
Johnson (hamstring) will not play in Monday's game against the Redskins, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
The absence will be Johnson's second straight while he continues to recover from a hamstring injury. Kony Ealy will presumably fill in at defensive end while the veteran is sidelined.
Johnson (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Johnson is set to miss at least one game due to the hamstring injury he suffered during last week's loss to the Seahawks. Expect Kony Ealy to see a bump in snaps at defensive end until Johnson is able to return.
Johnson (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.
Johnson injured his hamstring last Sunday against the Seahawks. He'll look to get back on the practice field prior to this weekend's showdown with the Chargers.
Johnson (quadriceps) is listed as questionable to play against the Saints on Sunday.
Johnson was able to give it a go in Week 5, but was limited in practice Thursday and Friday after not participating at all on Wednesday. However, he was likely just being given veteran treatment and should be fine to play this weekend.
The Panthers have officially listed Johnson (quadriceps) as active for Monday's tilt with the Buccaneers.
Johnson practiced in full on Saturday, which makes this status update somewhat unsurprising. The starting left defensive end figures to take on a full workload in Monday's contest.
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