Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel suffers season-ending ankle injury

Annette Crawford
November 15, 2017

National Football League insider Adam Schefter tweeted Tuesday that the first-year receiver suffered ligament damage in his ankle during Monday's 45-21 victory over Miami and will be shut down for the remainder of the season.

"The biggest thing you see from Curtis is his acceleration", head coach Ron Rivera said, per the Charlotte Observer's Scott Fowler.

Offensive coordinator Mike Shula said Samuel will be replaced by committee, referring to Kaelin Clay, Russell Sheppard and even running back Christian McCaffrey.

"It's kind of a collective effort", Shula said. He had only 10 catches for 70 yards before Monday night.


Fresh off a Monday Night Football win over the Dolphins, the Panthers get the team's bye in Week 11 before taking the field on November 26 to play the New York Jets. He should be ready for the November 26 game against the New York Jets. Damiere Byrd is expected to come off injured reserve in early December.

Now, with Samuel out for the season, the Panthers have to turn to others to inject that much-needed speed.

As a junior at Ohio State in 2016, Samuel was used as the Buckeyes' H-Back. "That's another thing we would look at".

In 9 games, Samuel made 15 catches for 115 yards and took 4 carries for 64 yards, though he did not find the end zone in the 2017 season. "Guys coming in and doing their jobs and knowing their assignments".

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