Panthers WR Samuel out for season

From ESPN - November 14, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers rookie wide receiver Curtis Samuel is out for the season after suffering ligament damage in his left ankle during Monday night's win against Miami, the team announced Tuesday.

He will have surgery on the ankle, but no date has yet been set for the procedure.

The second-round pick out of Ohio State was just coming into his own after spending most of training camp and a portion of the first month of the season dealing with a hamstring injury and later an injury to the right ankle.

Coach Ron Rivera said earlier Tuesday there was concern that Samuel's injury would be season-ending, but he was awaiting MRI results.

"They were not very optimistic," Rivera said.

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. He had only 10 catches for 70 yards before Monday night.

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

"Is there anybody as fast as him?'' Shula said of Samuel. "... We are going to try hard to find ways to put guys in what they do best and then have them go do it.''


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