Panthers rookie wide receiver Curtis Samuel out for the season

Ruben Hill
November 15, 2017

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel suffered ligament damage and is out for the season, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Panthers later announced that Samuel will undergo season-ending ankle surgery.

The news came on the heels of coach Ron Rivera saying it "didn't look good" for Samuel earlier in the day. He had only 10 catches for 70 yards before Monday night.

Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula said the team would use a committee approach to replace Samuel. Shula said of Samuel. "We're going to try hard to find ways to put guys in place with what they do best, and have them go do it".

The Panthers are on bye next week before visiting the New York Jets, in what is expected to be the return of veteran tight end Greg Olsen. He should be ready for the November 26 game against the New York Jets. Speedy second-year wideout Damiere Byrd (broken forearm) is eligible to come off injured reserve before the December 3 game at New Orleans.

Samuel was a big part of Carolina's plan coming into the season as the slot receiver because of his speed and playmaking ability. Samuel, a product of Ohio State, played running back for the Buckeyes before shifting to wide receiver in the NFL.

"There's certain things they're similar at, " Shula said. "I'm staying optimistic about this whole thing, that everything will work out and we'll still see him sometime this year".

Prior to the injury, Samuel was enjoying the most productive game of his career, recording a career-high five catches for 45 yards in the first half against the Dolphins. "One of the best things that happened (Monday) night after Curtis (was hurt) is we didn't really feel like we missed a beat".

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