Posted November 09, 2011 on
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Charles Johnson arrived at training camp in late July with a nickname befitting his new enormous contract.
The talented defensive end whom teammates promptly dubbed ''Big Money'' after inking a $76.5 million contract is paying huge dividends this season for the Carolina Panthers.
Johnson, in his fifth season, is tied for sixth in the league with seven sacks, which gives him 15 over his last 15 games. Although the Panthers are just 2-6, Johnson has been a steadying presence on an otherwise injury-depleted defense.
Coach Ron Rivera says Johnson has ''played extremely well and we're getting our money's worth.''
Johnson looks to continue his torrid play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. But it won't be easy as the Titans have allowed only 12 sacks this year, fourth-fewest in the NFL.
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The Panthers have placed 26-year old LB Thomas Williams on the Injured Reserve List due to a neck injury. Williams played in 7 games for the Panthers this year and he had 13 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss and 2 passes defensed. He has now played in 15 games in his first three years in the NFL and he has 14 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 2 passes defensed and 1 tackle for a loss. ...
Panthers practice squad linebacker Lawrence Wilson has been released from the team after being cited for speeding and marijuana possession during Carolina's bye week.
The team also added rookie cornerback Brandon Hogan to the 53-man roster from the physically unable to perform list Tuesday and signed rookie defensive end Thomas Keiser. To make room on the roster, the Panthers...
Carolina Panthers practice squad linebacker Lawrence Wilson has been released from the team after being cited for speeding and marijuana possession during Carolina's bye week.
The Carolina Panthers are so thin at linebacker that coach Ron Rivera, a former linebacker with the Chicago Bears, joked that he might have to dig out his cleats and suit up Sunday against Tennessee. James Anderson, the team's starting strongside linebacker and leading tackler, rolled his ankle in practice Thursday and was taken to the locker room, leaving the team with four healthy...
(By Joseph Person, firstname.lastname@example.org) Panthers coach Ron Rivera approached Phillip Dillard, the new practice-squad linebacker, this week and said he hoped Dillard had been to church.It's getting to the point where the Panthers' linebacker corps could stand a little divine intervention.
Things have gotten so desperate at linebacker that Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera, a former linebacker with the Chicago Bears, joked that he might have to dig out his old cleats and suit up Sunday against Tennessee.
Nov 13, 1:00 PM | Grass of Bank of America Stadium
Tennessee Titans vs Carolina Panthers Odds
The Tennessee Titans visit Carolina to face a rested Panthers team coming off its bye week and they are road underdogs on the opening Week 10 line.
These teams have met only three times in their history and the underdog has covered the Titans Panthers spread...
The Titans are only 1-2 on the road this year and they have lost three of their last four games, so they need a win this weekend to get things going back in the right direction. The Panthers have played better at home this year, where they are 2-3 on the season and they are going to be well rested coming off of their bye week. Here is a look at the matchups in this game: