- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera says defensive end Charles Johnson will not play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leaving the team without its top pass rusher.

Johnson re-injured his right hamstring in the fourth quarter of Carolina’s 27-22 win Sunday over the New Orleans Saints. Rivera said Monday he doesn’t know the full extent of the injury, but hopes Johnson can return after the Week 5 bye.

Middle linebacker Luke Kuechly has made solid progression in the concussion protocol could return to work this week after missing the last two games, according to Rivera.

The fifth-year coach also said wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery will “probably” miss his second straight game against the Bucs with a high ankle sprain, but that running back Jonathan Stewart (leg) is expected to play.


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