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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 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. Aug 25 - 1:14 PM
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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

Coach Ron Rivera said first-round DT Star Lotulelei has already "come a long way" with his pass rushing.

One of the reasons Lotulelei fell to 14th overall in the draft was because he earned a strict run defender label. The Panthers are teaching him to use his hands to shed blockers and are happy with the progress so far. They already know that Lotulelei is going to be an asset when asked to plug up running lanes.
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 10:50:00 AM

Panthers agreed to terms with No. 14 overall pick DT Star Lotulelei on a four-year contract.

Bandied about as a potential top-five pick before the draft, Lotulelei tumbled to the Panthers at No. 14, where he fills a massive need. A poor-man's Haloti Ngata, Lotulelei is going to stuff running lanes, but may not rush the quarterback like Ngata has. The Panthers will count on Lotulelei and his 6-foot-2, 311-pound frame to occupy multiple blockers. An absolute workhorse in college — he played nearly every defensive snap as a senior — Lotulelei has the potential to make an impact from day one on an underrated young front seven.
Wed, May 22, 2013 04:26:00 PM

Panthers selected Utah DT Star Lotulelei with the No. 14 overall pick.

Lotulelei (6-foot-3, 311) played all over the Utes' line, but was primarily a run defender. He's generated optimistic comparisons to Haloti Ngata for his strength and power at the point of attack. Lotulelei drew consistent double teams in the Pac 12 yet still managed 22.5 career tackles for loss, seven sacks, and four forced fumbles. A heart-efficiency scare at the Combine is no longer a concern. At his March 20 Pro Day, Lotulelei pumped 38 bench reps, ran 5.15 in the forty, and performed a 30-inch vertical leap. The concern among some NFL personnel men is Lotulelei will not be able to rush the quarterback in the pros. Defensive tackle has been a glaring hole in Carolina's defense for years now. The Panthers will pair him up with Dwan Edwards, who amassed six sacks last season, in the middle in an effort to shore up one of the league's weaker run defenses.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 09:52:00 PM

Both ESPN New York's Rich Cimini and CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora consider Utah DT Star Lotulelei a "possibility" for the Jets at No. 9.

Lotulelei goes 6-foot-3 and 311 pounds, and he'd be a great fit at nose tackle between RE Muhammad Wilkerson and LE Quinton Coples. The Jets need guys who can get to the quarterback, and Lotulelei could help occupy blockers in order to free up his teammates. He also had seven sacks of his own while at Utah. The Jets currently have 33-year-old Antonio Garay penciled in at nose tackle.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 01:29:00 PM

Citing multiple sources, NFL Draft insider Tony Pauline reports the Raiders "will consider" trading down with the Lions if one of the draft's top-two left tackles is available at No. 3.

There are a lot of "ifs" here, but it'd be a trade rebuilding Oakland would love to do, and address a massive weakness in Detroit. It's logical. If the Chiefs draft Luke Joeckel and the Jaguars take Dion Jordan, the Lions would then trade up with the Raiders to select Eric Fisher. The Raiders would move down, perhaps add a third-rounder, and take their highest-rated player left at No. 5. Per Pauline, that would be either Sharrif Floyd or Star Lotulelei.
Wed, Apr 24, 2013 03:53:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Panthers have shown a "lot of interest" in Utah DT Star Lotulelei.

The Panthers are far from settled on the interior defensive line, but it would be a major surprise if Star tumbled all the way to No. 14. La Canfora believes Carolina is likely Lotulelei's "floor," meaning he wouldn't fall any further.
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 10:47:00 PM