The bye week came at a perfect time for two Carolina Panthers who returned to practice on Wednesday.
It isn’t always ideal to have a bye week this early in the season but for two Carolina Panthers it came at the perfect time. The team returned to the practice field on Wednesday after their bye week and welcomed back guard Trai Turner and wide receiver Curtis Samuel, both of whom were full participants.
The former Pro Bowl guard has missed the past two games due to a concussion suffered in Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys. The offensive line has been hit hard this season with injuries but has played relatively well the first three games under the circumstances.
This is certainly a good sign and should be available Sunday against the New York Giants if he is cleared from the protocol.
The other big return on Wednesday was wide receiver Curtis Samuel. The second-year player has missed the entire season due to what was labeled as an illness. However, reports at the time were that Samuel had surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat.
When Samuel does return, the question will be how he fits into this offense. The Panthers have great depth at the wide receiver position with Devin Funchess, Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright at the top of the depth chart. The team’s first round pick, DJ Moore, has even struggled to get regular snaps to start the year.
It will be interesting to see how creative Norv Turner gets with Samuel because he is a dynamic playmaker that put in the right position can make big plays for this offense.
The Panthers only had two players who did not practice, which were tight end Greg Olsen and defensive end Julius Peppers, who only missed for rest.
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