Searcy's (concussion) practice period to return expired Wednesday which will keep him on injured reserve for the rest of the season, freelance NFL writer Howard Balzer reports.
Searcy was designated to return off injured reserve Nov. 28 and the Panthers had 21 days to make a decision on whether to return him to the active roster. The 30-year-old sustained the concussion Week 2 at Atlanta and will finish the season with five tackles in two games.
Searcy was designated to return off injured reserve last week but will have to wait at least another week before returning to game action. The Panthers have until Dec. 19 to bring the 30-year-old onto the 53-man roster or he will revert to injured reserve for the rest of the season.
Searcy returned to practice this week and was designated to return by the Panthers, so it's not surprising they want some more time to evaluate him in practice. The 30-year-old has a 21-day window to be activated from the day he was designated to return (Nov. 28), so there's still plenty of time before a decision needs to be made.
Searcy has already sat out eight games because of the concussion, allowing him to return at any time during the 21-day window that opens following his designation for return. It's unclear exactly how soon the Panthers anticipate Searcy returning from the issue and the signing of Eric Reid during Searcy's absence could complicate the Panthers' safety spot when Searcy is cleared to return.
Searcy (concussion) worked on the side with trainers at practice Wednesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Searcy landed on injured reserve after suffering the concussion Week 2 against the Falcons and is eligible to return this week, though he has yet to officially be given the IR-return designation. If the 30-year-old is designated to return, he would then have a 21-day practice window in which he could be activated, or will remain on IR for the duration of the season. The Panthers signed Eric Reid to start at safety opposite Mike Adams after Searcy was placed on IR, so the team can remain cautious with his return.
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