Panthers DE Johnson to miss Bucs game with hamstring injury

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera says defensive end Charles Johnson will not play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leaving the team without its top pass rusher.

Johnson re-injured his right hamstring in the fourth quarter of Carolina's 27-22 win Sunday over the New Orleans Saints. Rivera said Monday he doesn't know the full extent of the injury, but hopes Johnson can return after the Week 5 bye.

Middle linebacker Luke Kuechly has made solid progression in the concussion protocol could return to work this week after missing the last two games, according to Rivera.

The fifth-year coach also said wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery will ''probably'' miss his second straight game against the Bucs with a high ankle sprain, but that running back Jonathan Stewart (leg) is expected to play.

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