The Carolina Panthers may be down another skill player. After rookie wide receiver Curtis Samuel went down with an ankle injury on Monday against the Miami Dolphins, head coach Ron Rivera said on Tuesday that “it didn’t look good,” according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, who reported that a source said Samuel will be shut down for the season.
Samuel was off his best game, too, as he hauled in five catches for 45 yards in the team’s 45-21 win. The NFC South franchise selected him in the second round of the most recent NFL Draft after shoring up the skill corps with running back Christian McCaffrey in the first round. Samuel, a product of Ohio State, played running back for the Buckeyes before shifting to wide receiver in the NFL. He has 15 catches for 115 yards on the year with eight of those receptions coming in the last two weeks.
The Panthers are in the hunt for a playoff berth but the offense it began with to start the season looks a whole lot different from what it’s comprised of the rest of the season. Though veteran tight end Greg Olsen is slated to make a return soon after suffering a foot injury all the way back in Week 2, the Panthers cut ties with their No. 1 wide receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, when they shipped him to the Buffalo Bills a few weeks ago.
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.