Sa­muel's an­kle a con­cern for Pan­thers

Starkville Daily News - - NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE -

CHAR­LOTTE, N.C. — The Pan­thers will be look­ing for a new start­ing wide re­ceiver head­ing into the bye week.

Pan­thers rookie Cur­tis Sa­muel will un­dergo an MRI af­ter in­jur­ing his left an­kle in Carolina's 45-21 win over the Mi­ami Dol­phins on Mon­day night. Pan­thers coach Ron Rivera said Tues­day train­ers were "not very op­ti­mistic" about Sa­muel's prog­no­sis af­ter he hob­bled off the field in the third quar­ter and did not re­turn.

Sa­muel re­placed traded Kelvin Ben­jamin in the start­ing lineup two weeks ago, giv­ing the team more speed. Carolina's of­fense has ex­celled since then, rack­ing up fran­chise record 548 yards against Mi­ami.

Rus­sell Shep­ard would likely re­place Sa­muel if he is side­lined. Rivera is con­fi­dent tight end Greg Olsen will re­turn from in­jured re­serve and play against the Jets on Nov. 26.

Jaguars place Overton on IR

JACK­SONVILLE, Fla. — The Jack­sonville Jaguars have placed a sec­ond long-snap­per on in­jured re­serve.

The team put vet­eran Matt Overton on IR and signed free agent Colin Holba to fill his spot on the 53-man ros­ter Tues­day. Holba will make his NFL de­but Sun­day at Cleve­land.

Overton in­jured his right shoul­der against the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers on Sun­day. He joins Car­son Tinker on IR. Tinker tore a lig­a­ment in his right knee in Au­gust and had sea­son-end­ing surgery.

Holba was a sixth-round draft pick by Pitts­burgh in April. The Steel­ers re­leased him in fi­nal ros­ter cuts in Septem­ber.

Cleve­land's Collins suf­fers knee in­jury

CLEVE­LAND — Browns line­backer Jamie Collins has been placed on in­jured re­serve af­ter suf­fer­ing a sea­son-end­ing knee in­jury.

Collins tore the MCL in his right knee while re­turn­ing an in­ter­cep­tion in the first quar­ter of Sun­day's loss to the Detroit Lions. The 27-year-old for­mer Pro Bowler is one of the Browns' best play­ers and they'll have to try to get their first win with­out him.

Collins signed a four-year, $50 mil­lion con­tract ex­ten­sion with Cleve­land dur­ing the off­sea­son. How­ever, he played in only six games this year, miss­ing three games with a con­cus­sion be­fore hurt­ing his knee.

James Burgess will re­place Collins in the start­ing lineup. Collins fin­ished with 31 tack­les, a forced fum­ble and a pick of Lions quar­ter­back Matthew Stafford.

Collins is a cap­tain and highly re­garded by Cleve­land's play­ers. Browns rookie quar­ter­back DeShone Kizer called him "an ul­ti­mate leader."

(Photo by John Locher, AP)

Oak­land Raiders Pres­i­dent Marc Badain speaks dur­ing a cer­e­mo­nial ground­break­ing for the Oak­land Raiders' sta­dium Mon­day.

(Photo by Mike McCarn, AP)

Carolina Pan­thers wide re­ceiver Cur­tis Sa­muel is helped off the field af­ter in­jury against the Mi­ami Dol­phins in the sec­ond half of Mon­day's game.

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