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December 15, 2013

Johnson feeling better, expects to play vs. Jets

(UPDATE 2:40 p.m. Sunday)

As expected, Panthers DE Charles Johnson is active for today's game against the Jets.

Johnson was a late addition to the injury report Saturday with an illness, and was listed as questionable. But Johnson woke up feeling better Sunday.

The Panthers' inactives are: rookie DE Wes Horton, injured RB Jonathan Stewart, injured LB Jordan Senn, CB Josh Norman, OL Travis Bond and WRs Tavarres King and Marvin McNutt.


Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson is feeling better and expects to play Sunday against the Jets, a source close to Johnson said Sunday.

Johnson, the team leader with nine sacks, was added to the injury report Saturday after experiencing flu-like symptoms. He was listed as questionable.

Johnson missed two games with a sprained knee -- sustained on a leg whip by New England offensive tackle Marcus Cannon on Nov. 18 -- before returning last week at New Orleans. Johnson was credited with a half-sack on Drew Brees, one of only two the Panthers managed against Brees in a 31-13 defeat.

The Panthers are relatively healthy for Sunday's game with the exception of running back Jonathan Stewart, who is out indefinitely with a sprained MCL. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the earliest Stewart would be back is Week 17 at Atlanta.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on December 15, 2013 at 12:29 PM | Permalink


Go get 'em, CJ! We need you guys to win today to help solidify a playoff berth!!!

Posted by: PantherDan | Dec 15, 2013 12:36:27 PM

Statement game. We need you Big Money!!! Keep Pounding!!!

Posted by: thechampishere | Dec 15, 2013 12:59:40 PM

Not as pretty as you would like!
Cam under center ran the ball MUCH! better and better play action. He may not be as comfortable but if want to have good run game hes gonna have to.

Posted by: 10-4!! | Dec 16, 2013 9:39:08 AM

LOVE THOSE BIG CATS, I know we can take care of the Saints and no problem with the Falcons. Just gotta keep the great plays coming, forget about the games we lost. We got this in the bag now, just stay calm don't get over excited until that last second on the clock. Sometime I get upset with that running game, I guess it has to be done sometime to keep from getting picked off. BOY, the Panthers get my blood pressure up every Sunday. Here we go on our way to the SUPER BOWL. Bring it on, gotta give the fans what they want next week at home. GO PANTHERS.

Posted by: BRENDA | Dec 16, 2013 10:00:50 AM

Has anything been writing about why Josh Norman hasnt been active? I know he had that bad game early on, but you would think he would at lease have been in the rotation. He just seem like he was doing well in OTA'S and pre season.

Posted by: PantherPride28 | Dec 16, 2013 10:41:31 AM

even rivera did better with the when to go for it vs. not this game.

only debatable one was the last one and even that one he didn't make an obviously bad call. going for the field goal the first 2 times was the right call and probably the last time too, but the risk vs. reward numbers were about even on valuing the fg vs. the touchdown so why not go for the kill. not mad at that at all. if he doesn't get his arm hit on the throw, who knows.....

good solid win. lot of big plays made....williams, olsen, munnerlyn, davis, hardy, blackburn, etc.

and now with the saints unexpectedly losing to st. louis......we're back in the mix for the division. we win out, it's ours, we lose sunday, it's not.

regarding norman, he's had a few bad games and then i think other guys just passed him and he got lost in the shuffle. munnerlyn has held his spot down all year again, and florence, white, and thomas have shuffled through the other spots. dockery too before he was IR'd. norman has a lot of promise, but until he plays with more discipline he'll never make a regular impact. he's a long rangy guy with ball skills that doesn't get the mental side of easily the toughest defensive position.

nowhere near as physical as thomas or munnerlyn either. you notice that our corners get beat from time to time, but they make tackles too. both on run and pass plays. that's a key component. 50 yard plays that don't go for touchdowns don't hurt anywhere near as much as 30 yard plays that do.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 16, 2013 11:50:03 AM

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