Mayo (groin) is active for Thursday's matchup against the Steelers, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Mayo's availability is something of a surprise, given that the depth linebacker was unable to participate during all three of Carolina's practice sessions this week. The fourth-year pro has played only one defensive snap since Week 6, so expect Mayo to see most of his work on special teams.
With Thomas Davis (suspension) set to miss the first four games of the regular season, Mayo is primed for a substantial increase in playing time. The 25-year-old averaged less than 10 defensive snaps per game in 2017, so it remains to be seen how Mayo will adjust to a starter's workload. With Davis considering retirement after the 2018 season, Mayo may eventually take over the starting weak-side linebacker position full time.
Mayo posted 19 tackles and one pass breakup in the 2017 season.
Mayo averaged less than 10 defensive snaps per game, so not much more could be expected out of him. With starting weak-side linebacker Thomas Davis set to retire after the 2018 season, the Panthers may look into giving Mayo more defensive reps to prepare him for a potential starting job in 2019.
Mayo (illness) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Saints.
Mayo, who was a late addition to the Panthers' injury report during wild-card weekend, will be able to play through the illness that had been bothersome. The outside linebacker has logged just two total tackles throughout the team's last three games.
The Panthers have a bit of a bug going around in the locker room, and Mayo was not the only player under the weather. It is unclear how serious of an issue he is dealing with, but his status will likely depend on how he is feeling closer to game-time. If he ultimately sits out, lookfor Andrew Gachkar to see increased reps providing depth at linebacker.
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