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May 04, 2012

Charles Johnson has minor knee surgery

Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday, general manager Marty Hurney said.

Johnson recently developed swelling around the knee, and the team's medical staff decided to schedule what Hurney called a “minor clean-out.”

On his Twitter feed Friday, Johnson posted: “My surgery went good! Thanks to everyone for your blessing.”

Johnson's status for OTAs, which begin May 22, is uncertain. But he is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in July.

Johnson, who signed a six-year, $72 million contract last summer, battled a lower back injury throughout the 2011 season, when he finished with nine sacks.

Johnson cut his hand at a charity event this offseason. Johnson received stitches in his hand, but did not require surgery, according to Panthers coach Ron Rivera.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on May 4, 2012 at 12:45 PM | Permalink


should've drafted Cox

Posted by: slim shady | May 4, 2012 1:10:48 PM

Shady, you are a moron.

Posted by: Mark | May 4, 2012 2:56:51 PM

boom goes the dynamite!

Posted by: ricky martin | May 4, 2012 2:58:47 PM

With the Panthers history on this type of surgery, we should expect Charles back in 2016.


Posted by: Cam's notebook victim | May 4, 2012 3:02:10 PM

No big deal. He'll be back before the season starts and the Panthers will win the division.

Posted by: Nader Ktait | May 4, 2012 4:20:09 PM

Here it starts again...

Posted by: Andy | May 4, 2012 5:36:38 PM

I'm beginning to think we need better trainers.

Posted by: Ryan | May 4, 2012 5:37:19 PM

UH OH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Patrick Jeffers | May 4, 2012 7:18:45 PM

Yes we do need better trainers, ive been thinking that for a couple years now.

Posted by: shastamasta | May 4, 2012 8:19:55 PM

Ive said we need new trainers for years...multiple injuries to multiple players in training camp, longer than normal recoveries, botched surgeries, poor cardio from the players, etc. Hmmm?

Posted by: MBpantfan | May 4, 2012 9:13:54 PM

We need a better GM

Posted by: mrflamboyant | May 4, 2012 9:14:22 PM

ask patrick jeffers, you can say not the same staff, whatever!

Posted by: Patrick Jeffers | May 4, 2012 10:04:18 PM

When he have knee problems in the off season, its a bad sign.

Posted by: Yeah great | May 4, 2012 11:17:42 PM


Posted by: Patrick Jeffers | May 5, 2012 1:00:59 AM

May be a story or maybe resolved??

Posted by: Patrick Jeffers | May 5, 2012 1:02:45 AM

It's not the trainers that make injuries a problem for the Panthers, it's been the lack of talent or experience at the backup positions that kill the team. I don't believe the Panthers have had more injuries then other teams, they were poorly prepared in the past when those happened.

The greatfully departed Fox would pull out the injury excuse during every 7-9 season. Most glaringly in 2010, when the Packers won it all with the highest injury count of that season.

Injuries are the nature of the sport (and playing Saints twice a year) leaning heavily on veteran players will exacerbate the problem. Poor draft decisions have a big impact on overcoming injuries as well.

Posted by: Sports don | May 5, 2012 8:51:47 AM

Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants Players succumb to injuries and like other NFL players they recover and do well each year, like other NFL teams. How many Panther players are DEDICATED to PLAYING FOUR QUARTERS INJURY FREE and keeping their bodies in the best shape possible? A trainer can do so much if the body is not in shape to play an entire NFL season. You will know in July, 2012 who came ready to play the entire season. PRACTICE MAKE YOU PERFECT and injuries come with a lot of practice. Players who are not fit for duty get injured and that is a fact.
I always give Muhummad credit for keeping his body in football shape every NFL Season.

Posted by: shedwilliams | May 5, 2012 12:45:16 PM

Charles Johnson Football Camp at Wingate University in Wingate, NC on June 15-18
Visit footballcamps.com or call 301-575-9400

Posted by: SI Football Camps | May 7, 2012 11:53:15 AM

Sure hope this doesn't sideline CJ because we need his outside pressure.

Posted by: Panther Dan | May 8, 2012 11:39:36 AM

Thanks for all your entries. Here's a selection of some of the other better lines we received:

"I knew we were soul mates."

"Our religion and politics are joined at the hip."

"What God has joined together let no man put asunder."

"Why can't I quit you?"

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