The Carolina Panthers' pass rush has been vastly improved the past few weeks and it's going to get even better on Tuesday when the Panthers are expected to activate Charles Johnson from the injured reserve on Tuesday, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
The Panthers lost their leading pass rusher at the end of September due to a hamstring injury and they placed him on the injured reserve/designated to return. He has been practicing the past few weeks but this week was the first week the team could activate him.
Since the Panthers drafted Johnson in third round in 2007, the former Georgia Bulldog has become a dominant pass rusher with 63.5 career sacks and three seasons with at least 10 sacks.
The Panthers coaching staff though will now have the tough task of building a rotation that can give enough playing time to Johnson, Jared Allen and Kony Ealy, who has had a sack in each of the past four games.
The Panthers would have had to make room on the roster when they activate Johnson but Rivera announced today that guard Amini Silatolu tore his ACL yesterday against the Redskins. He will be placed on injured reserve and will be out for the season with Johnson taking his place on the roster.
Silatolu was filling in for Andrew Norwell at left guard the past three weeks, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury. Rivera mentioned that he thought Norwell had a good chance of playing Thursday but if he can't go, I would expect Chris Scott to get the start at left guard.