Panthers rookie Curtis Samuel out for remainder of season

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But when wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was traded to the Buffalo Bills two weeks ago, Samuel assumed a starting role alongside Devin Funchess.

Curtis Samuel's rookie season with the Panthers is over after he suffered ligament damage to his ankle, as first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter. He had only 10 catches for 70 yards before Monday night.

The Panthers announced the second-round pick will undergo season-ending ankle surgery and will be placed on injured reserve.

Samuel's was enjoying perhaps his best game as a pro prior to sustaining the injury.

"There were a lot of good things", offensive coordinator Mike Shula said Tuesday.

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As a junior at Ohio State in 2016, Samuel was used as the Buckeyes' H-Back.

"I think it's kind of a collective effort". There are some guys on our team that would say yes.

The Panthers are on bye next week before visiting the New York Jets, in what is expected to be the return of veteran tight end Greg Olsen. Speedy second-year wideout Damiere Byrd (broken forearm) is eligible to come off injured reserve before the December 3 game at New Orleans. 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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