Carolina Panthers lose WR Curtis Samuel for season

Carolina Panthers lose WR Curtis Samuel for season

Samuel left Monday's game in the third quarter after a Dolphins defensive back fell on Samuel's leg and rolled on his ankle.

Samuel, who was drafted to threaten defenses with his elite speed, battled a hamstring injury throughout the summer and a high-ankle sprain in his right foot during the early part of the season.

Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula said the team would use a committee approach to replace Samuel.

"One of the best things that happened after Curtis [went out] was we didn't feel we missed a beat, " Shula said. Guys came in and did their job, knew their assignments.

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. Carolina's offense has excelled since then, racking up a franchise record 548 yards and 30 first downs against Miami. In 9 games, Samuel made 15 catches for 115 yards and took 4 carries for 64 yards, though he did not find the end zone in the 2017 season. Is there anybody as fast as him? Devin Funchess, Russell Shepard, Kaelin Clay and Brenton Bersin are the other receivers on the roster.

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. Olsen has been on injured reserve with a foot injury, but is eligible to return and play against the Jets on November 26.

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