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Panthers' Curtis Samuel out for Year With Ankle Injury

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Panthers WR Curtis Samuel out for season

Samuel was on crutches in the locker room, with his left leg heavily wrapped. Samuel, a product of Ohio State, played running back for the Buckeyes before shifting to wide receiver in the NFL.

Samuel caught 5 passes on 7 targets for 45 yards - all season-highs - before exiting to the locker room.

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.

He is scheduled to have surgery on the injured ankle and eventually be placed on injured reserve.

"There were a lot of good things", offensive coordinator Mike Shula said Tuesday of Samuel's game, according to the Panthers' official website.

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Carolina now has four healthy wide receivers on its 53-man roster: Brenton Bersin, Kaelin Clay, Devin Funchess and Russell Shepard.

"I think it's kind of a collective effort". We're going to try hard to find ways to put guys in place for what they do best and then have them go do it. The Carolina Panthers are second in the NFC South behind the New Orleans Saints.

Aside from first-round pick Christian McCaffrey, the Panthers haven't gotten much out of their draft class this year.

"It's probably going to be by committee", Shula added. He had only 10 catches for 70 yards before Monday night. Guys came in and did their job, knew their assignments.

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