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Panthers rookie Curtis Samuel out for remainder of season

Curtis Samuel had five catches against the Dolphins on Monday night SPORTSPanthers WR Samuel out for the season Email AP Curtis Samuel had five catches against the Dolphins on Monday night
Kristopher Love | 15 November, 2017, 03:41

He ends his season with 15 catches for 115 yards and four carries for 64 yards.

Samuel will undergo season-ending surgery on his left ankle and consequently be placed on injured reserve, the team announced on Tuesday.

Samuel injured his ankle in the second quarter of last night's win over the Miami Dolphins.

"There were a lot of good things", offensive coordinator Mike Shula said Tuesday of Samuel's game, according to the Panthers' official website. Is there anybody as fast as him? The Carolina Panthers are second in the NFC South behind the New Orleans Saints. He had only 10 catches for 70 yards before Monday night. "We're going to try hard to find ways to put guys in place with what they do best, and have them go do it".

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel is helped off the field after injuring his ankle against the Miami Dolphins on Monday
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel is helped off the field after injuring his ankle against the Miami Dolphins on Monday

This is going to be a big loss for the Panthers offense as they hoped Samuel could bring an element of speed that had been missing from this group for most of the season. In terms of position flexibility, McCaffrey might be closest to Samuel, who also played running back at Ohio State.

National Football League insider Adam Schefter tweeted Tuesday that the first-year receiver suffered ligament damage in his ankle during Monday's 45-21 victory over Miami and will be shut down for the remainder of the season.

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