Panthers WR Curtis Samuel to undergo season-ending surgery

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He is scheduled to have surgery on the injured ankle and eventually be placed on injured reserve.

"They weren't very optimistic", Rivera said.

Samuel caught 5 passes on 7 targets for 45 yards - all season-highs - before exiting to the locker room. The injury occurred in Monday night's win over Miami.

Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula said the team would use a committee approach to replace Samuel. The Carolina Panthers are second in the NFC South behind the New Orleans Saints. "Is there anybody as fast as him?" "We're going to try hard to find ways to put guys in place with what they do best, and have them go do it". He should be ready for the November 26 game against the New York Jets. The rookie was providing a nice compliment with his speed opposite Devin Funchess and this offense was clicking.

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As a junior at Ohio State in 2016, Samuel was used as the Buckeyes' H-Back. He had 3 grabs for 23 yards against Atlanta on November 5 and followed it up with 5 catches for 45 yards against Miami on Monday night before the injury.

The Panthers easily defeated the Dolphins at home at Bank of America Stadium 45-21. Guys came in and did their job, knew their assignments.

"One of the best things that happened after Curtis [went out] was we didn't feel we missed a beat, " Shula said.

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