The Carolina Panthers are in dire need of a win on Sunday against the New York Jets to solidify their wild card spot, and hold off San Francisco and Arizona. That could be made more complicated with the news Charles Johnson was a late addition to the injury report with flu-like symptoms, according to Joe Person.
He will play, provided his condition improves overnight -- but that's a far cry from reliability.
Johnson missed two games with a sprained MCL after sustaining a leg whip against the New England Patriots, and the team pass rush struggled to be as effective with teams focusing on Greg Hardy. It will be on Mario Addison and Wes Horton to step up, which they've done in the past -- but it's not a reliable long-term option.
Carolina's problem against the New Orleans Saints was a lack of pass rush paired with breakdowns in the secondary. The Jets don't have the same talent at quarterback which is a relief, but facing any team without CJ is unsettling.