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October 25, 2013

Johnson gets good news on injured groin

The early news on Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson's strained groin was good, head coach Ron Rivera said Friday.

Rivera said an MRI on Johnson's right groin was negative, but his status for next week's game against Atlanta remains uncertain.

"So far it's positive. A lot of things will depend on how sore he is the next couple days," Rivera said. "There is some swelling. But the key will be how he reacts to the treatment he gets the next few days."

Rivera gave players the weekend off, but Johnson will be required to stay in Charlotte for treatment.

Johnson, who leads the team with six sacks, was injured with 1:08 remaining in the Panthers' 31-13 victory at Tampa Bay on Thursday.

The Panthers also will monitor running back DeAngelo Williams, who sustained a bruised quad in the second half against the Bucs. Rivera said he thinks Williams will be able to play against Atlanta.

Johnson, a Georgia native, said after the game he expects to play against the Falcons.

"The Atlanta game is a very personal game for him," Rivera said. "Knowing him he will do everything he can because he loves playing Atlanta."

Johnson has led the Panthers in sacks every season since 2010 after Julius Peppers signed with the Bears.

Rivera said he wasn't sure whether the loose turf at Raymond James Stadium contributed to Johnson's injury.

"I did see a lot of dirt flying up, and that's usually not a good sign," Rivera said. "That means a lot of guys were slipping and we had quite a few missed tackles because of it."

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on October 25, 2013 at 02:06 PM | Permalink


please dont rush this man onto the field. we need him if were going to have a shot at patriots. Alexander can fill the temp gap. hes not as explosive but can hold up the line to stop the run at least. johnson is one of the few players on this team w a huge contract that deserves it. im pissed he was even in the game at that point when we had it won. the coaching is coming around and so is cam. we look decent for the moment. hope we keep it up.

Posted by: Zac jones | Oct 25, 2013 2:17:06 PM

The Falcons games is arguably far more important than that Patriots game. At the very least, it is at least as important. We really need to win every game we can within the conference and division. Obviously, it would be nice to have a victory over the Patriots because of the national eyes, but the Falcons game probably goes much further in terms of our potential playoff fate...

I cannot argue about him being the game. I was wondering why we were not seeing more of the more expendable players deep in the fourth quarter...

Posted by: Ryan | Oct 25, 2013 2:35:34 PM

Rivera saw Johnson swelling. interesting.

Posted by: big gulps | Oct 25, 2013 2:44:51 PM

I think both games are equally important. In the event of a tie in the division, I believe the record against common opponents comes into play. Plus, I can't stand the Patriots.

Posted by: J. Mixon | Oct 25, 2013 2:44:52 PM

any reason why hardy didn't get credit for the other sack?

I know he had the one where he tackled glennon across the line for a positive gain, but he had 2 prior to that. was one negated by penalty or something?

4-3 with 2 losses we should have won and all 3 losses being games we handed away.

thomas davis playing incredible football right now. that dude deserves a pro bowl nod this year if he keeps up.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 25, 2013 4:08:36 PM

cam doesn't need to be in the game up 2 scores with the ball under 8 minutes to go in the game. let alone 3 possessions.....you can borderline run the victory formation and let nortman and your backup defense do the work from there.

i'm all about putting the foot on the throat, but when it's over, it's over. bad things happen late in those games. especially against st. louis when they were HOT about bradford getting hurt.

and rivera had no business going for the 4th down up 8. when a field goal makes it a 2 possession game, you take the points. he got lucky that tolbert was able to reach across because if barron had cleaned him up, that could have been costly. he has no idea when to go for it and when not to, the rule used to be "never" and now it's "always". has no clue what so ever. the bad news is.....we might win enough games to let those decisions torture us in the playoffs and bring him back another year.

and the success we're having? running the same offense we ran week 1 before rivera went and changed everything for 4 weeks.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 25, 2013 4:17:55 PM

The Panthers are relevant. That is all.

Posted by: Big Rob | Oct 25, 2013 4:40:31 PM

I say kudo's to Rivera for going for it on 4th and up 8. I've seen not going for it cost us too many games in the past.
Rivera is making the statement that he trusts the offense to get the yardage, and so far they have responded. I don't believe the Panther's have been stopped on a 4th down play during this recent streak of wins.
I say ride that horse until it bucks you.

Posted by: AtlSteve | Oct 26, 2013 8:32:06 AM

^^^^ but that's just doing what you feel and not what's strategically correct.

we lost against buffalo in large part because he didn't understand the same principal. when you are up 3, you go for it because if you miss it, the other team is playing for the tie and not the win. if you get the first down, you run the clock out. your worst case scenario is overtime.

you kick the field goal, and a tie is off the menu for the other team and your worst case scenario is exactly what happened to us.

run back the 2003 rams vs. panthers playoff game and you'll see what I mean. the rams were down 23-12 and got a touchdown and went for 2. had they missed the 2 point conversion, they probably win the game. but they got it, making it a 23-20 game and they played it safe at the end of regulation and kicked the tying field goal instead of going for the win.

when you are up 8, a field goal makes it a 2 possession lead. you don't risk THAT going for 7 which makes it.........a 2 possession game. if rivera understood an ounce of that, he'd be a great football coach. the motivation part and a lot of the scheme and technique he has down. but strategy and decision making are not his strong suits and never will.

again.......he went from "never go for it on 4th down" to "ahh eff it, always go for it on 4th down" and he's lucky that it has worked out, but he's not making the right decisions still. or at least not that one. i think the others he's gone for the last couple games were the right call.

oh and big kudos to shula for lining up 3rd and 1 and letting newton run the sneak. they've been needing to do just that on numerous occasions, the only caveat I would say is that they need to go new england and hurry up to the line to do so every time and let newton audible out if it doesn't look good.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 26, 2013 2:30:30 PM

A shot at the Patriots? We are the better team!

Posted by: joe cool | Oct 27, 2013 11:41:38 AM

Jared Allen may make sense for at least depth and a chance to make a run..

Posted by: Jay | Oct 27, 2013 9:36:02 PM

where do you guys get this stuff from?

jared allen? seriously what are you talking about?

let's ignore the fact that trades are extremely difficult during the season, especially involving star caliber players like allen. let's ingore the fact that he almost definitely isn't available. let's ignore the fact that we have a stacked defensive line EVEN WITH projected starter dwan edwards missing games. let's ignore the fact that our GM isn't taking on additional salary this year so that he has max flexibility this offseason and more flexibility to resign hardy.

let's ignore ALL of that. now.....what do we have to offer minnesota? he's number 15 on the all-time sack list and he's only 31. they want a 3rd round pick minimum PLUS taking on all his salary. dude makes 14 million this year.

you're gonna give all that up for "depth" for a guy that will be a free agent this offseason? think dude. think.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 27, 2013 9:52:29 PM

Don't look now but John Gruden says he will coach again!

charlottean, spot on about Rivera's decision making prowess, or lack thereof. The sooner this guy is cut loose, the better...

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Oct 28, 2013 1:03:48 AM

he's like the chick playing blackjack that's hitting on 18 and getting 2's and 3's right now.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 28, 2013 5:15:23 AM

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