Charles Johnson
DL CAR (11)
1 month ago

Johnson (groin) is active for Sunday's game against the Bears.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson was listed on Friday's injury report with a groin injury, but he was able to practice without limitations. He's slated to start at defensive end per usual, though Julius Peppers figures to see his share of snaps as well.

Charles Johnson
DL CAR (11)
1 month ago

Johnson (groin) practiced without limitations Friday, but he's still listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup with Chicago, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson was a new arrival on Friday's injury report, so this injury was likely sustained in practice. The veteran defensive end is listed as a starting defensive end, but he still shares snaps with Julius Peppers, especially in pass-rushing situations. Therefore, if Johnson can't go, expect to see Peppers increase his snap count, and Wes Horton will also be summoned more.

Charles Johnson
DL CAR (11)
3 months ago

Johnson (back) was not listed on the first Panthers' injury report of the season Tuesday, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official website reports.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson's back issues in camp were closely connected to the hamstring injuries that have caused him to miss 10 games over the past two seasons. As expected, the Panthers allowed the veteran to ease his way back into game shape in order to avoid aggravating the injury. The goal was for the 31-year-old to return Week 1, and judging by his absence from the team's injury report, his recovery went according to plan. Given the depth on the team's defensive line, do not expect Johnson to see a full workload right right away.

Charles Johnson
DL CAR (11)
4 months ago

Johnson (back) hopes to be ready for the start of the upcoming campaign, ESPN's David Newton reports.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson missed 10 games over the past two seasons due to hamstring injuries, which he said were closely connected to the lower-back pain he'd experienced in recent times. In fact, the 31-year-old's back problems were so bad that he was unable to get out of bed earlier this offseason. That pain resulted in Johnson undergoing a microdiscectomy in March, a procedure Johnson said provided him with immediate relief. Now taking part in Carolina's training camp preparations, Johnson is aiming to be ready to play by Week 1. Whenever he re-enters the fold, the Panthers' depth at defensive end should allow Johnson to remain relatively fresh, but his days of approaching double-digit sacks are likely behind him now.

Charles Johnson
DL CAR (11)
6 months ago

Johnson (back) has been a limited participant during the Panthers' OTAs this week, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson, who underwent a procedure to repair a herniated disc earlier in the offseason, is on pace for a full return at training camp. The 30-year-old doesn't have much to prove in Carolina, so the team can gradually ease him back into action if need be.

Charles Johnson
DL CAR (11)
8 months ago

Head coach Ron Rivera does not seem concerned about Johnson's (back) recent back surgery, Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer reports. "This is one of those things that if you play football, you're gonna have this. This was just an easy fix from my understanding," Rivera said. "We're just glad that it's done and he's feeling good and doing the things he's supposed to be doing now."

EDGE Analysis

Johnson recently underwent a microdisectomy to repair a herniated disc, an operation that became necessary after an epidural failed to improve his lower back pain. Although Rivera admitted he wasn't sure of Johnson's timeline for a return, the 30-year-old defensive end is expected back for training camp and should be full go for the start of the 2017 season.

Charles Johnson
DL CAR (11)
8 months ago

Johnson (back) is undergoing surgery that will keep him out of action until training camp, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 30-year-old, who recently signed a two-year extension, has been been dealing with back pain and will undergo a minor surgery to address the issue. Head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said of the situation, "Following the surgery, we want Charles as active as possible while still taking the proper precautions. He will be up and moving around the next day, and we will progressively bring him back." Johnson recorded 26 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and two pass deflections through 13 games last season and shows no signs of slowing down. Look for more updates on his status to come once training camp is underway.

Charles Johnson
DL CAR (11)
9 months ago

Johnson signed a two-year, $9.5 million contract with the Panthers on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson, who has been with the Panthers since 2017, is not going anywhere soon. The veteran defensive end ranks second all time for the Panthers with 67.5 sacks, and has been the team captain for three straight season. He could have become an unrestricted free agent, but instead opted to stick with familiar scenery. He will presumably head into 2017 as the team's starting left defensive end.

Charles Johnson
DL CAR (11)
11 months ago

Johnson (foot) was ruled out of Sunday's game in Tampa Bay.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson returned from a two-game absence to suit up for last week's contest versus the Falcons, but it isn't clear if he had sustained a setback while playing. In his absence, look for Kony Ealy to get the start at defensive end opposite Wes Horton.

Charles Johnson
DL CAR (11)
11 months ago

Johnson (hamstring) will play and start in Saturday's matchup with Atlanta.

EDGE Analysis

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said that Johnson looked good in practice this week after he sat out the team's past two games. His return will bump Kony Ealy back to his typical role as a depth defensive lineman.