Short went to Sunday's Pro Bowl as a replacement for Rams defensive end Aaron Donald.
Short missed the final two games of the season with a calf injury, but it seems he's healthy again. The soon-to-be 30-year-old remains under contract in 2019 with another gaudy $17 million cap hit.
Short (calf) finished the 2018 regular season with 42 tackles (29 solo), three sacks and a forced fumble in 14 games played.
Short was rested for Carolina's final two games while nursing a calf injury, marking the first couple absences of his six-year career. Although he remained a menacing interior presence, registering a personal-best 10 stuffs this term, the veteran didn't get to the quarterback as much as usual. After two sacks in Week 1, Short only managed one the rest of the season. Considering he racked up 24.5 over the prior three years, Short should be eager to get back to his best in 2019.
Short has been battling the calf issue for the last couple the weeks and will end the year sitting out the last two games. Kyle Love and Vernon Butler should both see increased snap counts alongside Dontari Poe Sunday against the Saints.
Short was expected to play after Friday's practice but will take another week to recover. The Panthers are eliminated from the playoffs and have nothing to gain by having Short play through the injury. Vernon Butler and Kyle Love will figure to see some extra snaps while Short is out.
Short (calf) isn't expected to play in Sunday's game versus the Falcons, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
With the Panthers out of playoff contention, there's no reason for the team to rush its top defensive tackle back into the lineup. Short's having a down year with just three sacks after recording 24.5 over the previous three seasons. Expect both Vernon Butler and Kyle Love to see upticks in usage Sunday.
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