Player News - Panthers

Date: Team: Pos:

Curtis Samuel was placed on injured reserve with a left ankle injury, ending his season.

Samuel suffered the injury in Week 10 and will require surgery. He'll finish his rookie year with 15 catches for 115 yards and no touchdowns. Greg Olsen was activated from I.R. in the corresponding move.
Nov 24 - 1:10 PM

Panthers activated TE Greg Olsen (foot) from injured reserve.

Rookie WR Curtis Samuel (ankle) will officially be sent to I.R. to make room for Olsen, who will return from his broken foot on Sunday against the Jets. Ed Dickson can be dropped, and Olsen reassumes his status as a TE1.
Nov 24 - 12:59 PM

Greg Olsen (foot, injured reserve) is practicing again Thursday.

Olsen remains on injured reserve, but he is almost certain to return this week after practicing Monday, Wednesday, and now Thursday. Even coming back from a serious injury, he will be a back-end TE1 in a good matchup against the Jets.
Nov 23 - 11:35 AM

Greg Olsen (foot, I.R.) is practicing again Wednesday.

He remains on the I.R. list, but Olsen is on track to be activated this week in time for Sunday's game against the Jets. If active, we would expect Olsen to play his normal snaps and hop right back on the TE1 radar in a plus matchup. Once Olsen is activated, Ed Dickson can officially be dropped in all leagues.
Nov 22 - 12:36 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera doesn't expect Ryan Kalil (neck) to return this week.

Kalil has been shut down since a Week 7 setback. He's practicing this week, but still has some hurdles to clear coming off Carolina's bye. Tyler Larsen looks likely to make at least one more start before Kalil returns.
Nov 20 - 5:52 PM

Panthers WR Damiere Byrd (broken arm) has resumed practicing, beginning his activation window from injured reserve.

He joins Greg Olsen as the Panthers' second "return" player. Byrd is not eligible to return until Week 13. Even considering the Panthers' depth issues at receiver, Byrd will be lightly targeted upon his return.
Nov 20 - 1:26 PM

Greg Olsen (foot, injured reserve) said he plans to play Week 12 against the Jets.

Olsen returned to practice on Monday, and his optimism suggests the session went well. He will still need to get through the rest of the week without any setbacks, but all signs point to Olsen suiting up against the Jets. He will be worth starting in that matchup.
Nov 20 - 12:37 PM

Panthers C Ryan Kalil (neck) returned to practice Monday.

Kalil has played 15 snaps since Week 1 because of a lingering neck issue he aggravated in Week 7, but this practice puts him on track to return following the bye. Coming off their best two performances of the season, the Panthers' running game would get another boost if Kalil is able to make it back this week.
Nov 20 - 10:52 AM

Greg Olsen (foot) is practicing on Monday.

The plan was reportedly for Olsen to test out his foot before returning to practice Wednesday, but he appeared fully dressed for practice walking to the field on Monday and ran routes during the portion of practice open to the media. The tight end looks on track to return this week against the Jets, making him a must-add in the leagues he is still available.
Nov 20 - 10:43 AM

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (ankle) has ligament damage and is done for the season.

An MRI confirmed what the Panthers feared on Monday. Samuel needs surgery on his left ankle. It's a big blow for an offense that just traded Kelvin Benjamin, and a crushing one for a rookie who was finally seeing increased snaps and targets. The lost development time is extra bad since Samuel has begun his career as a player who needs his touches manufactured. The 7-3 Panthers will move forward without any real vertical options. Samuel, despite the injury and slow development, is a hold in Dynasty leagues.
Nov 14 - 3:42 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera still expects Greg Olsen (I.R., foot) to return against the Jets in Week 12.

The Panthers are on bye this week but the plan is for Olsen to go through a rigorous workout next Monday. If that goes off without a hitch, he'll return to practice on Wednesday, putting him on track to return against the Jets in Week 12. Ed Dickson has done an admirable job filling in at tight end, but likely won't be a fantasy option upon Olsen's return.
Nov 14 - 1:46 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera acknowledged that Curtis Samuel's left ankle/leg injury could be season-ending.

The injury occurred in Monday night's win over Miami. None of the news surrounding Samuel sounds promising. Cam Newton said the injury is "real bad" while Rivera said he's "not optimistic" about his status. We won't know for sure until Samuel gets his MRI results back, but it's fair to assume he won't be back anytime soon. Damiere Byrd (I.R., forearm) is eligible to return in Week 12 and could take Samuel's roster spot if he's placed on injured reserve.
Nov 14 - 1:38 PM

The Charlotte Observer reports the Panthers are concerned Curtis Samuel suffered a serious ankle injury Monday night.

Samuel was on crutches with his left leg "heavily bandaged" following the game. The Observer reports the initial diagnosis is a high-ankle sprain, but the team is concerned the injury could be worse. Even a serious sprain would knock the rookie out for several weeks. It is a tough break for a player who looked like he was on his way to breaking out.
Nov 14 - 9:40 AM

Ed Dickson caught 3-of-5 targets for 33 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 10 win over the Dolphins.

Dickson's touchdown came on a laser from QB Cam Newton which he did a good job snagging out of the air. With Greg Olsen (ankle) nearing a return, Dickson isn't worth rostering going into the Panthers Week 11 bye.
Nov 14 - 1:09 AM

Russell Shepard caught 3-of-7 targets for 40 yards in the Panthers' Week 10 win over the Dolphins.

Shepard tied Curtis Samuel with seven for the most targets on the team, something interesting to note after the Kelvin Benjamin trade. He didn't turn his targets into much, but Samuel was forced off with an injury, something that could open even more opportunity for Shepard. He won't be more than a WR4 after the bye.
Nov 14 - 1:00 AM

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