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November 21, 2013

Hardy and Johnson miss practice; Johnson likely out vs. Miami

Both of the Panthers' starting defensive ends missed practice Thursday, and head coach Ron Rivera only expects one of them to be ready for Sunday's game at Miami.

Rivera said Charles Johnson "more than likely" will miss the game after spraining the MCL in his right knee on a leg whip by New England offensive tackle Marcus Cannon in the third quarter Monday night.

Johnson, who is second in the NFC with 8.5 sacks, could wind up missing multiple games. Panthers offensive guard Chris Scott, who sprained his knee against Atlanta on Nov. 3, has been out the past two games and has yet to practice this week.

Greg Hardy's knee injury does not appear to be as serious. Hardy participated in the team's morning walkthrough Thursday, but complained of soreness in his knee afterward and was held out of practice.

Rivera said it was a precautionary measure.

Coaches continue to evaluate young defensive ends Wes Horton, Mario Addison and Frank Alexander.

Rivera said the Panthers might use a situational platoon at Johnson's defensive end spot against the Dolphins. Horton is a stout run defender, Addison is a good edge rusher, and Alexander is an athletic player, Rivera said.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on November 21, 2013 at 03:53 PM | Permalink


he SHOULD sit out the next 2, even if just for precaution.

absolutely unchain hardy and alexander against miami. linebackers will pick up the slack.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 21, 2013 4:12:41 PM

It would not be smart to take any chances with that MCL sprain. I won't be surprised if Johnson is out for weeks.

Posted by: nate | Nov 21, 2013 4:42:29 PM

I like Wes Horton's game and Frank Alexander was a stud at OU. Those two and Mario Addison should be able to make some plays.

Posted by: Dom | Nov 21, 2013 5:06:51 PM


Posted by: nasty704 | Nov 21, 2013 5:45:50 PM

Alexander is the only DL that always gets his hands up if he can't get to the QB.

Posted by: Ben | Nov 21, 2013 6:25:21 PM

Come on nastar99? No boones farm jer this year. I know you got a negative comment some where

Posted by: mfreeze3152 | Nov 22, 2013 7:48:57 AM

Speaking of that leg whip, any sign of a response from the league yet?

Posted by: Lex | Nov 22, 2013 11:19:45 AM

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