On the day the Panthers officially added defensive end Jared Allen, Carolina placed defensive end Charles Johnson on the injured reserve with a designation to return in eight weeks.
Johnson suffered a hamstring strain in last weekend’s 27-22 win against New Orleans, and an MRI on Monday revealed it was bad enough to sit him for multiple weeks.
The Panthers used their lone IR-return designation on Johnson, who will be eligible to return to practice as early as Nov. 10 and to play Thanksgiving Day against the Dallas Cowboys.
The injury was to Johnson’s right hamstring, which was injured last week and kept him out of two practices.
Johnson broke the news of his injury on his personal Instagram account, posting a picture of an artist’s rendering of one of his Charlotte business ventures.
“Since I’ll be out for a (minute) on 8 week IR I get to focus on a couple new things,” Johnson wrote.
Johnson has had three seasons with double-digit sacks since 2010, and he’s tallied 52 ½ in that time. Through three games this year, Johnson had five tackles and one sack, coming in the Week 1 win at Jacksonville.
The Panthers used the IR-designated to return last year on fullback Mike Tolbert, who suffered a hairline fracture in his knee in Week 3 and returned in Week 13.
Second-year defensive end Kony Ealy will likely take over at Johnson’s left defensive end position. Allen will take most of the reps at right defensive end.