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Week 7 Final Injury Report: Curtis Samuel questionable for Sunday

Curtis Samuel

CHARLOTTE — Wide receiver Curtis Samuel (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints after being limited in practice all week.

Samuel missed Week 6's loss to the Bears with the injury. Head coach Matt Rhule classified Samuel as day-to-day earlier this week.

Cornerback Donte Jackson remains questionable with a toe injury, which could significantly impact Carolina's secondary against New Orleans.

Jackson has been battling through the turf toe issue throughout the season. Sunday's game could present another challenge because it will be on field turf as opposed to grass. When the Panthers played the Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Week 5 on field turf, Jackson exited the contest after only one play.

Cornerback Eli Apple is also questionable with a hamstring injury, as the Panthers want to make sure it doesn't tighten up before the game.

"Donte and Eli, we're hopeful those guys both can play and play well," head coach Matt Rhule said.

Plus, cornerback Rasul Douglas was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday, meaning he will not play in Sunday's game. Rhule said Troy Pride Jr., Corn Elder, and Stantley Thomas-Oliver III would provide depth at the position.

Right guard John Miller (ankle) did not practice on Friday and is questionable. Rhule is still hopeful Miller will play, but if not, Trent Scott — who just came off the reserve/COVID list — and Dennis Daley are options to start.

"I think if there's a position we're deep at, it's the offensive line," Rhule said.

With kicker Joey Slye also activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list, he'll handle placekicking duties on Sunday instead of a tryout kicker who would've been signed at the last minute.

"Joey's a big part of this team," Rhule said. "The Saints have outstanding special teams, and having Joey there will be a big boost for us."

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