Lotulelei (shoulder) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Lotulelei was held out of practice Wednesday with the shoulder problem, but it appears as though it was just precautionary, as the defensive tackle was back in a full capacity the next day. Expect Lotulelei to be a full go in Sunday's matchup with the Patriots.
It's unclear when this injury was sustained, so it's hard to project a true recovery time. The Panthers' next game is Sunday against the Patriots so expect more information as that approaches. Lotulelei has six tackles this season as the Panthers' starting defensive tackle.
Lotulelei, who's bouncing back from offseason shoulder surgery, was limited throughout OTAs but appears to be fully recovered now that it's certain he was cleared for preseason action.
Lotulelei was limited in minicamp as he recovered from offseason shoulder surgery, Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Lotulelei's shoulder injury was previously unreported and isn't thought to be very serious. It's anticipated that the starting defensive lineman will return in full when training camp rolls around.
Lotulelei finished this season with 26 tackles and four sacks in 16 games played.
Lotulelei's sack total was boosted by his trio of quarterback takedowns in Week 8, and although he didn't register a single sack after that outing, his four total still set a new career high. After missing time in both of the past two seasons, Lotulelei also put together a full campaign this time around, which help him post his highest tackle total since his 2013 rookie year. With his fifth-year contract option already picked up by the Panthers, Lotulelei will return to the team next season, when he'll hope his partner in crime, Kawann Short, will reach his own agreement to remain in Carolina as well.
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/26/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ NO||4:25 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|