Panthers DE Johnson carted off field early with ankle injury
Coach Ron Rivera didn't know the specifics, but said Sunday that he doesn't believe the injury is serious. Rivera says ''until they get a chance to take a look I really couldn't tell you what it was.''
Johnson is the team's top pass rusher and a key cog in a defense that has finished in the top 10 in each of the past three seasons. The 29-year-old Johnson has 62 1/2 sacks during his eight seasons with the Panthers, including at least 8 1/2 sacks in each of the past five seasons.
Defensive tackle Kawann Short returned to practice after missing the past week with a sore back.
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