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Charles Johnson | Defensive Lineman

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/10/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 282
College: Georgia
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Panthers LE Charles Johnson saw snaps at right end during the offseason program.
Johnson has played almost exclusively on the left side the last three seasons, but with Kony Ealy, Wes Horton and Frank Alexander question marks on the right side, the Panthers could look to move Johnson around more. No matter where he lines up, Carolina's pass rush will likely go as Johnson goes this season. Jul 4 - 11:09 AM

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Panthers LE Charles Johnson carries a $20.02 million cap charge in 2015.

Johnson regressed to 8.5 sacks in 2014, but recorded 60 quarterback hurries and was PFF's No. 11 4-3 end out of 59 qualifiers. At just 28 years old with two years left on his contract, he will be back with Carolina. Expect sharp GM Dave Gettleman to work out some kind of money-shifting restructure with Johnson's camp.
Jan 20 - 10:23 AM

Panthers LE Charles Johnson is listed as probable after missing Friday's practice due to a family illness.

Johnson was visiting his ill grandmother on Friday. He will be all systems go against the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon.
Jan 3 - 9:41 AM

Panthers LE Charles Johnson (hip) is listed as probable for Week 5.

Johnson's early-week outlook appeared bleak after he missed Wednesday and Thursday's practices, but he returned on Friday and will play against the Bears. Whether Johnson plays at 100 percent is another story, however. Hip injuries can adversely affect flexibility, and pass rushers need to be flexible.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 01:25:00 PM

Panthers LE Charles Johnson is dealing with a hip-flexor injury.

It's pretty much the exact last news the Panthers' embattled defense needed. It's unclear what Johnson's status is for Week 5. Already dramatically worse than 2013 in the absence of Greg Hardy, the Panthers' defense would be in danger of becoming an all-out doormat were Johnson to miss an extended amount of time.
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 01:51:00 PM

Panthers LE Charles Johnson agreed to restructure his contract, creating $5.2 million in immediate salary space.

The Panthers converted $7.8 million of Johnson's $8.75 million base salary into a "signing" bonus that can be spread out over the final three years of the deal. GM Dave Gettleman has been in salary-cap hell in Carolina since taking over for Marty Hurney prior to the 2013 season. He now has some breathing room.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 10:33:00 AM

Panthers DE Charles Johnson (illness) is active for Week 15 against the Jets.

Johnson was downgraded to questionable on Saturday due to flu-like symptoms, but is healthy enough to play and shouldn't be on any snap count. Inactive for the Panthers are RB Jonathan Stewart, CB Josh Norman, WR Tavarres King, LB Jordan Senn, WR Marvin McNutt, OL Travis Bond, and DE Wes Horton.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 02:35:00 PM

Panthers DE Charles Johnson (illness) is listed as questionable for Week 15.

Johnson was a late addition to the injury report with flu-like symptoms, putting his status for Sunday's game in question. He'll likely come down to a game-time decision and could see limited snaps against the Jets.
Sat, Dec 14, 2013 01:38:00 PM

According to the Charlotte Observer, DE Charles Johnson (knee) will return for Sunday's game against the Saints.

Johnson hasn't played since mildly spraining his MCL in Week 11, wisely getting back near 100 percent in time for this NFC South showdown between the 9-3 Panthers and the 9-3 Saints. It's a big boost to an already dominant Panthers front seven. Johnson leads the team with 8.5 sacks and 34 quarterback hurries on the season.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 09:18:00 AM

Panthers LE Charles Johnson (knee) tweeted that he will be back for the Week 14 game against the Saints.

Johnson has been nursing his minor MCL sprain since Week 11, and has likely been targeting this NFC South showdown the entire time. If the Panthers are going to beat the Saints in the Superdome, they're going to need to put a ton of pressure on Drew Brees. Johnson leads the team with 8.5 sacks and 34 quarterback hurries. He's ProFootballFocus' No. 15 4-3 defensive end so far.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 08:26:00 AM

Panthers LE Charles Johnson (knee) has been ruled out for Week 13 versus Tampa Bay.

In place of Johnson last week, the Panthers turned to a rotation of Mario Addison and Frank Alexander. Addison got the start, but they were used in a committee. Battling an MCL sprain, Johnson should return by Week 14.
Fri, Nov 29, 2013 01:23:00 PM

Coach Ron Rivera said LE Charles Johnson (knee) has a chance to play in Sunday's game against the Bucs.

Johnson sprained his MCL in Week 11 and missed the Week 12 win at Miami. "From what I hear he's been doing really well," Rivera said. "A lot of it will be how he handles the first day on the field – that'll be Wednesday. We'll see Thursday how he is. If he's really sore, it won't be as rosy an outlook as I'd hoped. But again, we are going to be smart." With backup Mario Addison playing well, the Panthers can likely handle the Bucs at home without their $76 million man. Consider Johnson very questionable.
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 08:28:00 AM

Panthers declared LE Charles Johnson (knee) inactive for Sunday's Week 12 game against the Dolphins, as expected.

Johnson is week to week with the sprained MCL he sustained in the Monday night win over the Patriots. Mario Addison will start in his place, and the $76 million man can be considered questionable for Week 13. The Panthers will have Greg Hardy (knee) and Drayton Florence (groin). The rest of their inactives: WR Tavarres King, WR Marvin McNutt, RB Kenjon Barner, G Chris Scott, TE Ben Hartsock and LB Chase Blackburn.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 11:37:00 AM

Profootballtalk reports Panthers LE Charles Johnson has been diagnosed with a sprained right MCL, and is week to week.

Johnson briefly played through the injury in last night's win, but was greatly hobbled. The Panthers' leading pass rusher can be safely ruled out for Week 12, and considered questionable for Week 13. In the grand scheme of things, it's a crisis averted for the Panthers, as Johnson appeared to have suffered a serious injury after getting leg whipped by Marcus Cannon.
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 02:43:00 PM

Panthers LE Charles Johnson is headed for a Tuesday MRI on his knee.

Johnson's injury originally looked bad as he got leg-whipped by Patriots tackle Marcus Cannon and had to be carted off. But Johnson, the Panthers' $76 million man, did get back on the field for the final series. That suggests this MRI is just precautionary. Johnson leads the Panthers with 8.5 sacks this season.
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 10:42:00 AM

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