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Johnson (hamstring) will not play in Thursday's preseason finale versus the Steelers.

Johnson's scheduled absence Thursday will mark his third DNP of the preseason. In addition, the veteran has missed a considerable amount of practice due to his hamstring issue. Nonetheless, Johnson is still expected to be ready for the regular season and the Panthers are mostly just biding time with their proven defensive end.

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Johnson (hamstring) will not play in Friday's exhibition outing against the Patriots, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Johnson overcame his hamstring issue to play in Sunday's most recent preseason game, but with another scheduled less than a week later, the veteran won't suit up Friday. Expect Johnson to continue to rest him hamstring to ensure he's ready to go at full speed once the regular season kicks off.

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Johnson (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.

Johnson also sat out Tuesday session, as he continues to nurse a slight hamstring ailment. While the veteran defensive end missed the better portion of last week as well, he did return in time to play Sunday's second preseason game. As such, it appears Johnson is merely biding time for his hamstring while practices remain of relatively little value for the veteran with 44 sacks over the past four seasons.

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Johnson (hamstring) started Sunday's preseason game versus the Chiefs and recorded two solo tackles.

Johnson missed Carolina's opening preseason game after tweaking his hamstring a couple weeks ago, but returned to practice toward the end on last week, enabling him to play Sunday. The defensive end started as usual and played without limitation, indicating his hamstring is no longer an issue.

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Johnson (hamstring) returned to practice Thursday, and afterward, he expressed his expectation of active status Sunday versus the Chiefs, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

A tweaked hamstring held Johnson out of the Panthers' initial preseason game, but the injury has waned enough for the defensive lineman to boast confidence that a return is imminent. If he returns, he'll assume his typical spot at left defensive end, where he's totaled 44 sacks over the last four seasons (61 games).

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Johnson (hamstring) will not play in Friday's preseason opener against the Bills, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Johnson hasn't practiced since tweaking his hamstring last Saturday, so playing in Friday's exhibition contest is out of the question. However, given his time off, the veteran defensive end is expected to resume practicing fairly shortly. With Johnson out Friday, Frank Alexander (suspension) will start at left defensive end for the Panthers.

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Johnson (hamstring) needs to participate in Thursday morning's practice in order to play in Friday's preseason opener, the Panthers' official Twitter account reports.

Johnson tweaked his hamstring over the weekend and has not practiced since. While the injury isn't considered serious, Johnson will have to return to practice before he can expect to play in preseason action. As such, Thursday's practice report should dictate Johnson's status for Friday versus the Bills.

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Panthers DE Charles Johnson (illness) is active for Week 15 against the Jets.

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Panthers DE Charles Johnson (illness) is listed as questionable for Week 15.

Johnson was a late addition to the injury report with an illness, putting his status for Sunday's game in question. He'll likely come down to a game-time decision and could see limited snaps against the Jets.

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According to the Charlotte Observer, DE Charles Johnson (knee) will return for Sunday's game against the Saints.

Johnson hasn't played since mildly spraining his MCL in Week 11, wisely getting back near 100 percent in time for this NFC South showdown between the 9-3 Panthers and the 9-3 Saints. It's a big boost to an already dominant Panthers front seven. Johnson leads the team with 8.5 sacks and 34 quarterback hurries on the season.