The Carolina Panthers will be welcoming the return of defensive end Charles Johnson this week as news has broken that Wes Horton will be suspended by the NFL for violating the league's PED policy. He will miss the next four games and will not be eligible to return until the Panthers' Week 16 game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Horton has had an up and down year with the Panthers which included him being released to create a roster space for offensive tackle David Foucalt and then starting for this defense Week 6 against the Seattle Seahawks.
He has seen his playing time diminish the past few weeks though playing 16 snaps against the Packers, seven against the Titans and then was inactive yesterday against the Redskins. Through eight games this year, Horton has four tackles and one sack, which came in that game against the Seahawks.
This will be the second year in a row the Panthers have had a player suspended for violating the league's substance policy as Frank Alexander was suspended 10 games last year for actually violating it twice.