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Star Lotulelei | Defensive Lineman

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 12/20/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 320
College: Utah
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Panthers declared DT Star Lotulelei, MLB Luke Kuechly, RB Cameron Artis-Payne, TE Richie Brockel, S Dean Marlowe, RB Brandon Wegher, and OT Daryl Williams inactive for Week 2 against the Texans.
Lotulelei is still working his way back from a foot injury, while Kuechly is out with a concussion. They're the Panthers' two best defensive players. Artis-Payne is a surprising healthy scratch. Williams has a knee issue. Sep 20 - 11:40 AM

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Panthers DT Star Lotulelei (foot) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.

It was Lotulelei's first practice in more than six weeks. Coach Ron Rivera said Lotulelei's practice time on Thursday will depend on how his foot responds. Lotulelei is still unlikely to play this week, but he is trending in the right direction for Week 3.
Sep 17 - 11:39 AM

Panthers declared DT Star Lotulelei, OT Nate Chandler, TE Richie Brockel, WR Kevin Norwood, RB Brandon Wegher, S Deane Marlowe and LB David Mayo inactive for Week 1 against the Jaguars.

No big surprises here. Lotulelei did not practice at all this week and was ruled out earlier in the week. He is questionable for Week 2.
Sep 13 - 11:43 AM

Panthers DT Star Lotulelei (foot) has been ruled out for Week 1 against the Jaguars.

It's a big boost for T.J. Yeldon, but he's still merely a low-end RB2. Kyle Love is expected to start in Lotulelei's place next to DT Kawann Short.
Sep 11 - 12:47 PM

Panthers DT Star Lotulelei (foot) is not practicing Thursday.

Coach Ron Rivera made it pretty clear Lotulelei would not play this week, and that is almost a certainty after missing Thursday's practice. Kyle Love will start in Lotulelei's place.
Sep 10 - 12:10 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the team will not rush Star Lotulelei (foot) back from injury.

"It’s a long season," Rivera said. "We can’t be hasty with guys. We’ve got to be smart about it. As we learned last year, it comes down to the last week." Lotulelei did not practice on Monday, and these are the comments of a coach who does not expect his player to play. Lotulelei should be considered doubtful for Week 1.
Source: ESPN
Sep 8 - 8:13 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said DT Star Lotulelei (foot) is on track to play Week 1.

"There is no concern," Rivera said. "For me, there is no concern from what I understand, from how he seems to be progressing with his treatment." Lotulelei has been sidelined since suffering a stress reaction on his right foot in early August. Lotulelei had surgery on the same foot in January.
Source: ESPN
Aug 25 - 1:14 PM

Panthers DT Star Lotulelei (foot) remains in a walking boot.

Lotulelei has been dealing with a "stress reaction" for nearly three weeks. It appears the ascendant third-year player will miss the entire preseason. Lotulelei's Week 1 status is getting murky.
Aug 22 - 6:43 PM

Updating a previous item, Panthers DT Star Lotulelei suffered a "stress reaction" in his surgically-repaired right foot and will be re-evaluated in "a few weeks."

Lotulelei broke his foot in the playoffs and had surgery in January. It's a big concern for the Panthers, as the "few weeks" timetable puts Lotulelei's Week 1 status in jeopardy. Carolina will have to rely on Kawann Short, Dwan Edwards, and Colin Cole on the inside while Lotulelei is sidelined. He was PFF's No. 16 defensive tackle in 2014, receiving top marks in run defense.
Aug 3 - 6:32 PM

Panthers DT Star Lotulelei was carted off the field in Monday's practice, and spotted with his surgically-repaired right foot in a walking boot.

"They didn't tell me much," was Lotulelei's response when asked what he was told by the medical staff. It's a major concern for a player who underwent surgery in mid-January. Lotulelei broke his foot in Carolina's Wild Card win over the Cardinals. The No. 14 overall pick of the 2013 draft, Lotulelei has established himself as one of the most effective defensive tackles in football.
Aug 3 - 1:08 PM

Panthers DT Star Lotulelei underwent foot surgery last Wednesday.

Lotulelei reportedly may have been able to suit up if the Panthers had made it to the Super Bowl. Of course, their season ended Saturday night in Seattle. Lotulelei should be ready for most of the offseason program.
Jan 12 - 10:21 AM

Panthers DT Star Lotulelei suffered a broken foot in the Wild Card win over the Cardinals and will miss the remainder of the playoffs.

It's a huge loss, as Lotulelei and fellow sophomore DT Kawann Short anchor the middle of Carolina's defense. Both players received high marks from PFF for their run defense and pass-rush push. With Lotulelei out, reserves Dwan Edwards and Colin Cole will take on bigger roles in Saturday night's Divisional Round tilt against the Seahawks. It's a boost for Marshawn Lynch. As long as it's not a Lisfranc issue, Lotulelei should be fine for a normal offseason.
Jan 7 - 1:04 PM

Panthers declared DT Star Lotulelei, QB Joe Webb, CB James Dockery, S Robert Lester, OT David Foucault, OL Amini Silatolu, and DT Micanor Regis inactive for Week 13 against the Vikings.

Lotulelei was expected to return this week, but remains out with an ankle sprain. Colin Cole and Dwan Edwards will fill in along with Kawann Short. Silatolu has a knee injury. Third-year UDFA Mike Remmers will start at right tackle.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 11:32:00 AM

An MRI came back negative on Panthers DT Star Lotulelei's ankle, and he's been diagnosed with a "low" sprain.

However, with the Panthers on a short week, Lotulelei has already been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Falcons. Coach Ron Rivera expects Lotulelei to be ready following the Panthers' Week 12 bye. It's a bullet dodged for the Panthers, as Lotulelei had to be carted off in Monday night's blowout loss to the Eagles. Either Dwan Edwards or Colin Cole will start opposite Kawann Short against Atlanta.
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 10:31:00 PM

Panthers DT Star Lotulelei was carted off with an ankle injury in Week 10 against the Eagles.

Lotulelei was chasing down the running back before stepping on MLB Luke Kuechly's leg and badly rolling his ankle. Last year's No. 14 overall pick has been stellar against the run this season. Dwan Edwards and Kawann Short will man the middle.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 10:56:00 PM

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3RB1Jonathan Stewart
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FB1Mike Tolbert
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WR21Ted Ginn
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WR31Devin Funchess
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
LT1Michael Oher
LG1Andrew Norwell
2Amini Silatolu
3Fernando Velasco
C1Ryan Kalil
RG1Trai Turner
2Chris Scott
RT1Mike Remmers
2Daryl Williams
K1Graham Gano