Curtis Samuel out for rest of rookie season with ankle injury


Carolina Panthers rookie wide receiver Curtis Samuel will miss the remainder of the season after suffering ligament damage in his ankle, the team confirmed Tuesday.

Samuel left Monday night's game against the Dolphins early in the third quarter after his foot turned awkwardly under the weight of Miami safety Reshad Jones in the end zone.

The second-round pick out of Ohio State was just coming into his own after spending most of training camp and a portion of the first month of the season dealing with a hamstring injury and later an injury to the right ankle.

"It's probably going to be by committee", Shula added.

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The Carolina Panthers traded Kelvin Benjamin because of the high regard the team has for rookie wide receiver Curtis Samuel.

Samuel, 21, caught five passes for 45 yards against Miami before getting hurt.

"It's kind of a collective effort", Shula said. "We're going to try hard to find ways to put guys in place with what they do best, and have them go do it". Among them, Russell Shepard is the best bet for regular targets, but Kaelin Clay and Brenton Bersin can expect an uptick in offensive usage. New No. 1 wideout Devin Funchess is healthy, running back Christian McCaffrey is proving himself as a receiving threat and tight end Greg Olsen is set to return from injured reserve in Week 12. Olsen has been on injured reserve with a foot injury, but is eligible to return and play against the Jets on November 26.