According to Charlotte Observer's Joseph Person, Carolina Panthers are expecting to be without defensive end Mario Addison next week against the Indianapolis Colts due to a shoulder injury suffered against the Philadelphia Eagles. Addison only played 17 snaps in Week 7 and is expected to be week-to-week as he recovers from the injury.
Even though Addison did leave the game early, he was able to get a sack on Sam Bradford, which brought his season total to three. However, this was his first sack since Week 1 when he brought down Blake Bortles twice in the Panthers win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
While Addison has not been the starter for this defense, he has been a key member of the Panthers' rotation at defensive end. He was used primarily on passing downs because of the speed he brings to the position and how quickly he can get to the quarterback.
The depth at defensive end has been tested this year with the loss of Frank Alexander during training camp then Charles Johnson suffering a hamstring injury that landed him on the injured reserve with the designation to return. The front office though has been proactive this year at the position and brought in Jared Allen and Ryan Delaire prior to the Panthers game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
This defense is going to be looking for another strong game from their defensive line as they try to keep Andrew Luck's time in the pocket to a minimum on Monday night.