Curtis Samuel out for year with ligament damage in ankle

Panthers

Panthers

Cam Newton said the injury is "real bad" while Rivera said he's "not optimistic" about his status.

Samuel had a season-high five catches on seven targets for 45 yards against Miami before suffering the injury, which occurred when a defender rolled over the ankle on a pass into the end zone.

Carolina now has four healthy wide receivers on its 53-man roster: Brenton Bersin, Kaelin Clay, Devin Funchess and Russell Shepard.

"Is there anybody as fast as him?" offensive coordinator Mike Shula said of Samuel.

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.

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

Samuel's best games came in the last 2 weeks.

The Panthers easily defeated the Dolphins at home at Bank of America Stadium 45-21.

As a junior at Ohio State in 2016, Samuel was used as the Buckeyes' H-Back. "Every play we've got guys going in and out, and we hardly missed a beat as far as guys going to different positions from one play to another".

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