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Week 14 Outlook
Shaq Thompson has been diagnosed with a fractured fibula and is likely out for the rest of the season.
Thompson went down with an injury during Monday's loss to the Saints, and it now has been diagnosed as a fractured fibula that is expected to sideline him for the remainder of the season. This is a devastating blow for Carolina’s already-thin defense. The veteran was a team captain and one of the cornerstones of this unit, so now they'll have to reach down the depth chart to try to find someone who can replace his production.
Shaq Thompson will likely miss the remainder of the season because of an ankle injury.
Thompson suffered an ankle injury during Monday's loss and will undergo further testing on Tuesday to determine the severity of it. HC Frank Reich described it as 'significant', and he is likely to miss the remainder of the season because of it. Carolina's defense has already been struggling with injuries, so losing one of their top veteran players is less than ideal. Kamu Grugier-Hill is the next up on the depth chart to replace the team captain.
According to Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network, Caroline Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said LB Shaq Thomspon would start training camp on the physically unable to perform list, saying he'll be out for a couple of weeks.
Entering his eighth NFL season, Thompson has begun to see an uptick in statistical production over the last few years. Over the last three seasons, Thompson has a combined 327 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. The Panthers are likely giving him the rest time in order to help him stay healthy in the long term. Thomspon has only played one full season in seven years. If he isn't activated on time before the regular season begins, an already weak Panthers defense will only be weaker. The Panthers DST currently has an expert consensus ranking of DST21, according to FantasyPros.
Panthers OLB Shaq Thompson has agreed to a restructured contract that will create $5 million in cap space.
Thompson has been a key part of the Panthers defense over the seven years in his career, and he will likely stay in Carolina after taking a more team-friendly deal. Look for the struggling Panthers to make more cap moves so they can make a splash in free agency.
The Panthers and LB Shaq Thompson have restructured his contract.
“Christian McCaffery and Shaq Thompson just restructured their contracts to give the Panthers more money versus the cap,” said Panthers HC Matt Rhule. Thompson racked up 114 tackles (64 solo) with two forced fumbles across 16 games for the Panthers in 2020.