Buccaneers vs. Panthers: Injury report update

Streeter Lecka

Two top defenders could be out.

Charles Johnson is out, that much we know. The Panthers defensive end was ruled out Friday while he continues to recover from an MCL sprain sustained when Marcus Cannon leg whipped him on Monday Night Football. It's a huge loss for Carolina, but Tampa Bay could be hurting too.

Darrelle Revis is "questionable" and has only participated in team walkthroughs this week. If he's unable to play there isn't a competent cornerback to cover Steve Smith, which will be fun to watch. It seems only fair that both team should be down their top defenders, but that will be up to the football gods.

It's time for Greg Hardy to really step up. He was largely ineffective against the Miami Dolphins, with Mario Addison being the far better defensive end. If Johnson can't go Hardy will be the focal point of the pass rush once again, and it's unrealistic to hinge hopes on Addison breaking out again.

Running back has become really dicey. Both DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart are "questionable," with Williams being the more serious. It seems unlikely he'll play while he recovers from a quad injury.

Here are the full injury reports from both teams.

Carolina Panthers
Blackburn, Chase LB Foot LP LP LP Questionable
Gross, Jordan T Non-Injury DNP FP FP Probable
Hartsock, Ben TE Knee LP DNP DNP Doubtful
Johnson, Charles DE Knee DNP DNP DNP Out
Scott, Chris G Knee DNP DNP DNP Out
Smith, Steve WR Knee - DNP FP Probable
Stewart, Jonathan RB Ankle DNP LP LP Questionable
Tolbert, Mike FB Knee DNP LP LP Questionable
Williams, DeAngelo RB Quad DNP DNP DNP Questionable
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Foster, Mason LB Concussion FP FP FP Probable
Hayward, Adam LB Foot DNP FP FP Probable
Joseph, Davin G Knee DNP FP FP Probable
Meredith, Jamon T Ankle FP FP FP Probable
Nicks, Carl G Foot DNP DNP DNP Out
Revis, Darrelle CB Groin DNP DNP LP Questionable
Spence, Akeem DT Wrist FP FP FP Probable

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