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October 25, 2012

Johnson's hip injury limits him at practice, Rivera believes he's fine

Defensive end Charles Johnson injured his hip Thursday during practice, but head coach Ron Rivera doesn't believe the injury to his $72 million end is serious.

Rivera was unsure how Johnson sustained the injury--a sharp below, a hip pointer or a strange twist--but it wasn't worth letting Johnson practice fully the rest of the day.

"We slowed him down a little bit in practice and iced him down a little sooner than normal, but it didn’t look like anything serious," Rivera said. "We just wanted to be cautionary at that point. He jogged off at the end. But we should be fine."

The Panthers have still not made a move on wide receiver David Gettis, whose been on the physically unable to perform list all season with a hamstring injury. 

Rivera said Friday will be "judgment day" in determining whether Gettis plays this week against Chicago. The team has one more week to activate him or shut him down for the year.

--Jonathan Jones


Posted by Observer Sports on October 25, 2012 at 03:28 PM | Permalink


Season ending surgery is probably already scheduled. He makes too much money to remain on the active roster.

Posted by: BG | Oct 25, 2012 4:11:20 PM

WOW! When it rains, it pours. I bet he doesn't play on Sunday.

Posted by: Sugarbugga | Oct 25, 2012 4:27:46 PM

Was thinking the same thing BG. The second I saw the headline, IR popped into my head. Add this clown to the list of those to "evaluate" by the end of the year as well.

Posted by: Mike P | Oct 25, 2012 4:32:34 PM

Man damn.

Posted by: Eric J | Oct 25, 2012 4:35:59 PM

Why don't we flip flop the O line for the D line. What difference would it really make?

Posted by: KEVIN | Oct 25, 2012 4:47:12 PM

There is only one question remaining. Who do we take with the #1 pick?

Posted by: Classic | Oct 25, 2012 4:49:29 PM

Johnson has only "played" one game....against Atlanta. Find a way to cut him loose and minimize the financial impact. Oh, that's what a GM does, and we don't have one at present. Damn, this is going to be a long, agonizing death spiral.

Posted by: dangburnit | Oct 25, 2012 5:01:29 PM

I don't know how much salary cap hit we'll take but i would like to see a wholesale house cleaning by the new GM ---players and coaches included, at seasons end.

Posted by: Black--Panther | Oct 25, 2012 5:06:46 PM

I look at these situations week after week.I seem to count more than 50+ men on the team, plus the Coaches/Managers/QB Coach/Offense Coach/Defense Coaches /RB's/WR's all these people getting paid but week after week the blame fall on the QB. Something is wrong with this picture. You never see the team on the sidelines trying to figure out what they are during wrong during these games, never see the guys communicating during the games, what's up with this. We can still bounce back, I believe in the PANTHERS.

Posted by: Brenda Leigh | Oct 25, 2012 5:37:14 PM

If we get the #1 overall hopefully when can get the same bounty of picks St. Louis got last year for it. Draft some O line and DB's and DL. Cut a lot, and I mean a lot, of dead weight from this team.

Posted by: Ornias | Oct 25, 2012 5:48:26 PM

I think Charles Johnson got paid 32 million as a signing bonus! He's not even a top 10 DE in the league, thats why Marty is gone. Also, I believe that Charles Godfrey is getting paid in the top 5 of Safties in the NFL as well.

Posted by: themaster | Oct 25, 2012 7:41:00 PM

The dominoes continue to fall for the Carolina Panthers. The Big Cat and his new GM need to clean house this off season and start rebuilding from the bottom up. They need to get rid of all this expensive dead weight that goes on IR and continues to collect paychecks. So much for a Super Bowl appearance this season...Mr. Kalil.

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Oct 25, 2012 8:48:26 PM

ed reed is playing with the same injury chris gamble has and Blaine Gabbert is planning to start at QB this week with the same injury!

Posted by: joe cool | Oct 25, 2012 9:35:53 PM

Say what you want about Johnson, and yes he is the most overpaid lineman in the league, but at least he gets out on the field and plays. Not well or up to his contract, but decent.

Haven't been able to say that about Beason since 2009. JB is the highest paid cheerleader in the NFL.

T-minus 30 seconds and counting until Joe Person or the sports editor deletes my post. The censorship on this site is amazing.

Posted by: Fast Freddie | Oct 26, 2012 10:12:31 AM

I can't make up mind in who is the biggest salary thief on this team: Charles Johnson or D. Williams. Both are ordinary and average who play soft and uninspired but command top salaries for their positions.

Good for them they are paid what they are - but I wished the Panthers would actually make them perform to the level of their pay.

Charles Johnson - thank you for your incredible performance against your home town Atlanta Falcons. And screw you for coasting in every other game.

D Williams - I would rather have the Running back from Vance High School than you. He plays with heart. You play not to get hurt.

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Posted by: John555 | Nov 7, 2012 6:37:02 AM

- I would rather have the Running back from Vance High School than you. He plays with heart. You play not to get hurt.

Posted by: blue jade | Jan 2, 2013 8:56:31 AM

Good for them they are paid what they are - but I wished the Panthers would actually make them perform to the level of their pay.

Posted by: resume editor | Jan 8, 2013 9:48:39 AM

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