Recent Injury Bite

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel is "optimistic" that he'll be ready for training camp after undergoing surgery to repair a broken bone and ligament damage to his left ankle, according to insider Jordan Rodrigue. Samuel is still in a boot and has no concrete timetable for a return to the field. The fact that he's not a lock for training camp -- over 6 months away -- is a concern.

Related Injury Bites

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel will miss the rest of the season with his ankle injury, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. It's a tough break for a guy who was in for a significant role down the stretch.

Update: Samuel will undergo surgery on his injured left ankle, the team announced.

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel injured his ankle in Thursday's preseason finale. No word yet on the severity. Samuel was already behind after missing about 2 weeks in early August with a hamstring problem.

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel is dealing with a hamstring strain, according to Bill Voth of the team's official site. Samuel reportedly felt "tightness" in the hammy on Thursday and has been sent back to Charlotte to be evaluated. There's no timetable for his return to the field. Samuel didn't miss a single game at Ohio State over the past 2 years, but hamstrings have a tendency to linger.