Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Carolina Panthers lose WR Curtis Samuel for season

Carolina Panthers lose WR Curtis Samuel for season

The Panthers announced the second-round pick will undergo season-ending ankle surgery and will be placed on injured reserve. Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News App Samuel left Monday night's 45-21 win against the Dolphins early in the third quarter after his foot turned awkwardly under the weight of Miami safety Reshad Jones in the end zone.

Samuel's improvement was one of the factors for why the Panthers traded wideout Kelvin Benjamin to the Buffalo Bills prior to the trading deadline.

Ron Rivera, Mike Shula and the rest of the offensive coaching staff will now evaluate the roster and come up with a plan on how to replace the injured Samuel.

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A second-round pick in the 2017 National Football League draft out of Ohio State, Samuel caught a career-high five passes for 45 yards in the first half against the Dolphins before the injury.

"It's kind of a collective effort", Shula said. ". We're going to try hard to find ways to put guys in what they do best and then have them go do it".

Just when Curtis Samuel's rookie season was starting to take off, it's been cut short. In terms of position flexibility, McCaffrey might be closest to Samuel, who also played running back at Ohio State. "Guys coming in and doing their jobs and knowing their assignments".

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