Panthers fear Curtis Samuel could miss significant time

Nov 13 2017 Charlotte NC USA Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel is helped off the field in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Carolina Panthers rookie wide receiver Curtis Samuel is out for the season after suffering ligament damage in his left ankle during Monday night's win against Miami, the team announced Tuesday.

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.

Head coach Ron Rivera said things weren't very optimistic about Samuel's ankle before an MRI Tuesday afternoon.

Prior to the injury, Samuel was enjoying the most productive game of his career, recording a career-high five catches for 45 yards in the first half against the Dolphins.

Offensive coordinator Mike Shula said Samuel will be replaced by committee, referring to Kaelin Clay, Russell Sheppard and even running back Christian McCaffrey. "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". He should be ready for the November 26 game against the New York Jets.

Just when Curtis Samuel's rookie season was starting to take off, it's been cut short.

"There's certain things they're similar at, " Shula said. He has 15 catches for 115 yards on the year with eight of those receptions coming in the last two weeks. Guys came in and did their job, knew their assignments.

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