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Rivera: Panthers 'not very optimistic' about Samuel's ankle

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - 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.

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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.


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