Panthers lose WR Samuel to ankle surgery

Panthers WR Curtis Samuel out for season

Samuel was starting to break out for the Panthers before Monday's

The Carolina Panthers rookie and former Ohio State star suffered a season-ending left ankle injury on Monday night against the Dolphins.

Samuel had a season-high five catches on seven targets for 45 yards against Miami before suffering the injury, which occurred when a defender rolled over the ankle on a pass into the end zone.

"There were a lot of good things", offensive coordinator Mike Shula said Tuesday of Samuel's game, according to the Panthers' official website. But when wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was traded to the Buffalo Bills two weeks ago, Samuel assumed a starting role alongside Devin Funchess.

"It's probably going to be by committee", Shula added. Carolina's offense has excelled since then, racking up a franchise record 548 yards and 30 first downs against Miami.

A second-round pick in the 2017 National Football League draft out of Ohio State, Samuel caught a career-high five passes for 45 yards in the first half against the Dolphins before the injury.

Monday night was a costly win for the Panthers. "There's some guys on the team that would say yeah", Shula said. Guys came in and did their job, knew their assignments. "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".

The Panthers are on bye next week before visiting the New York Jets, in what is expected to be the return of veteran tight end Greg Olsen.

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