Thompson is expected to occupy one of the inside linebacker spots in Carolina's new 3-4 defensive scheme next season, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Thompson is coming off the statistical season of his career, racking up 80 tackles (51 solo) and 3.5 sacks. More time on the inside could cost him some sack opportunities, but the position change would likely have a positive impact on his tackle count.
Thompson (shoulder) finished the 2018 regular season with a career-high 79 tackles (50 solo) and 3.5 sacks in 14 games played.
Thompson saw his role expanded with Thomas Davis suspended for Carolina's first four games. The 2015 first-rounder capitalized on that opportunity, setting new personal bests in tackles and sacks while also forcing a fumble. That came despite Thompson being shut down for the Panthers' final two games due to a shoulder issue. With Davis, who still tied Thompson to finish second on the team in tackles, already known to not be returning next season, Thompson will look to build on his totals while working toward a new contract.
Thompson (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Thursday, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.
Thompson played through the shoulder injury during Monday's loss to the Saints and becomes the third significant Carolina player to be shuttered for the season within the last two days, joining quarterback Cam Newton (shoulder) and kicker Graham Gano (knee). With the Panthers officially eliminated from playoff contention, there isn't much benefit in running Thompson out there for the final two regular-season contests. Thompson's absence should allow the Panthers to take longer looks at rookie outside linebackers Andre Smith and Jermaine Carter in Weeks 16 and 17.
Thompson (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
Thompson appears to have sustained a shoulder injury during Monday's loss to the Saints, putting his Week 16 status in question. If the former 2015 first-round pick were unable to suit up against the Falcons on Sunday, Jermaine Carter would benefit from increased defensive snaps.
Thompson finished with seven tackles (five solo), a sack and a fumble forced in Sunday's 30-27 loss to the Seahawks.
Thompson was plenty busy, trailing only Luke Kuechly for Carolina's lead in tackles. In doing so, the fourth-year pro set a new career high with 67 stops on the season, and his three sacks now mark another personal best.
Thompson (shoulder) was a listed as a full participant on Thursday's injury report, Joseph Person of The Athletic reports.
Thompson is on pace to play in Sunday's tilt against the Seahawks after failing to practice Wednesday, though Jermaine Carter and David Mayo could see increased roles at outside linebacker if Thompson were to suffer a setback.
Thompson (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Thompson seems to have sustained a shoulder injury of undisclosed severity during Sunday's loss to the Lions, and the 2015 first-round pick's status for Carolina's tilt against the Seahawks in Week 12 is murky at best. Jermaine Carter would slot into the starting lineup if Thompson were to miss any time.
Thompson made three tackles (two solo) in Week 10's loss to the Steelers.
Thompson now boasts 55 stops through nine games, with a couple of sacks to his name as well. Although he's made at least 50 tackles in all four years of his career, his personal-best mark of 61 seems destined to be topped this season. He'll hope to pile on his tally in Week 11 versus the Lions.
Thompson recorded 13 tackles (six solo) in Sunday's win over the Ravens.
Thompson's 13 tackles were the most he's ever recorded in a single game. He's been a consistent player for Carolina, though he hasn't had prolific stat lines very often. Looking ahead, Thompson and the Panthers will take on the Buccaneers in Week 9.
Thompson logged nine tackles (five solo) and a sack across 64 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Cowboys.
Coming into the game, Thompson had recorded three career sacks in three NFL seasons, so it was rewarding to see the linebacker flourish under new defensive coordinator Eric Washington. With Thomas Davis suspended for the first four games of the season, this is the perfect opportunity for Thompson to prove this could be his breakout year.
Thompson will play in nickel packages while Thomas Davis serves a four-game suspension to start the season, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Thompson started all 14 games he played last season, but he frequently came off the field when the Panthers deployed their nickel defense. He figures to handle a three-down workload for at least the first four weeks of the 2018 campaign, creating potential for solid IDP production until Davis returns.
The Panthers exercised Thompson's fifth-year option on Tuesday.
This has been the plan for almost a month now, and it's finally set in stone. In 2017, Thompson picked up 61 tackles (41 solo) and two sacks, but he'll likely expand his role in 2018 as Carolina prepares for veteran linebacker Thomas Davis to retire after the season.
The Panthers plan to pick up Thompson's fifth-year option for 2019, The Charlotte Observer reports.
The move isn't overly surprising with Thompson taking a step forward in 2017 and veteran linebacker Thomas Davis set to retire following the 2018 season. Davis -- who turned 35 last week -- is expected to take a further reduced role next season as well, which should create additional opportunities for Thompson. The 23-year-old should have a chance for a breakout season, and the Panthers picking up the fifth-year option removes the potential pressure of entering a contract year.
Thompson finished with 61 tackles (41 solo), two sacks and two forced fumbles in 14 games played this season.
Thompson has been a confounding commodity since the Panthers spent a first-round pick on him in 2015. Although he's increased his tackle total in each season, the presence of Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis ahead of him, along with his own inconsistencies, has kept him at bay from a playing time perspective. However, with 2018 marking the final year of his rookie contract, and Davis showing signs of aging, it'll be interesting to see whether Thompson can finally live up to his pedigree.
Thompson (foot) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Thompson was a DNP on Wednesday's injury report, but his full availability Thursday puts him right back on track to play in the season finale against the Falcons.
Thompson (foot) is active for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.
Thompson's return comes after he missed two weeks due to plantar fasciitis. Look for Thompson to slide back into his normal role as a starting linebacker.
Thompson (foot) is considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Thompson practiced in a limited capacity throughout the week after missing the Panthers' last two games due to plantar fasciitis. It's worth noting that head coach Ron Rivera expressed optimism earlier this week about Thompson's potential availability for Sunday. Meanwhile, irrespective of Thompson's status, Carolina will already be short-handed at outside linebacker with Thomas Davis (suspension) out.
Thompson (foot) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
At the outset of practice, Thompson was donning cleats after missing two games due to a bout with plantar fasciitis, per Rodrigue. Afterward, head coach Ron Rivera told Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer that he was "absolutely" confident Thompson would be available Sunday against the Buccaneers due to the quality reps the linebacker put in Wednesday. Expect the third-year pro's status to receive a semblance of clarification by the release of Friday's injury report.
Thompson (foot) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Packers, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.
Thompson will miss his second consecutive game Sunday while he continues to battle plantar fasciitis. Safety Colin Jones saw an uptick in usage while Thompson was sidelined in last week's win over the Vikings and may be the main beneficiary for added snaps for as long as Thompson is out, as head coach Ron Rivera has preferred to use the team's depth linebackers mainly on special teams.
Thompson (foot) was sidelined for Wednesday's practice, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.
Thompson, who sat out the Week 14 victory over the Vikings, remains day-to-day with a case of plantar fasciitis, an issue that has plagued him off and on since his college days. The linebacker is hopeful that having some extra time off to rest will be enough for the inflammation in his foot to subside, but his status for Sunday's game against the Packers remains up in the air. If Thompson is sidelined for another contest, Colin Jones would act as the primary replacement as part of the Panthers' "Frog" defensive package.
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