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Panthers’ Charles Johnson certain he’ll play vs. Jets on Sunday

Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson played in his first game Sunday night since spraining his medial collateral ligament, and with ice on his right knee Monday afternoon, he said he’d play this week against the Jets.

Johnson didn’t say he was at 100 percent in Sunday night’s 31-13 loss to New Orleans but was happy to be back on the field after missing two games.

“I mean it was good to just get out there and get the feel of it,” Johnson said. “Put a new brace on it and just got to keep getting better from what I did.”

Johnson played 51 of the Panthers’ 65 defensive snaps. He had two tackles and one quarterback hit but did not add to his team-high 8.5-sack total. The defensive line combined for one sack for zero yards and four quarterback hits.

“We didn’t get after (Saints quarterback Drew Brees) like we wanted to,” Johnson said. “They had a good game plan and we didn’t execute like we’re used to.

“When he holds on to the rock we’ve got to get after him. When you got one-on-ones, you got to win. I feel like we could have helped out tremendously, and we’ve just got to learn from our mistakes.”

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