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  • Panthers' Shaq Thompson: Headed to IR

    Thompson (lower leg) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports. Thompson suffered a fractured fibula during Monday night's loss to the Saints and has since been placed on IR. The veteran linebacker had surgery Tuesday and will likely miss the remainder of this season. Expect Kamu Grugier-Hill and Claudin Cherelus' roles to expand, as the two will likely fill Carolina's void at inside linebacker going forward.
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  • Panthers' Shaq Thompson: Gets surgery, likely done for 2023

    Panthers head coach Frank Reich said Tuesday that Thompson is expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured fibula suffered in Monday's 20-17 loss to the Saints, Joe Person of The Athletic reports. Kamu Grugier-Hill came on the replace Thompson in the Week 2 loss and is expected to start at inside linebacker along with Frankie Luvu now that Thompson has been lost for the season. Thompson, who led the team with a career-high 135 stops in 2022, recorded eight tackles through the Panthers' first two games before exiting Monday after New Orleans left tackle Trevor Penning landed on the back of Thompson's lower leg and ankle.
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  • Panthers' Shaq Thompson: Fractures fibula

    Thompson is feared to have fractured his fibula in Monday's game against the Saints, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Thompson will need to undergo further tests to determine if he will be able to return this season. In his absence, Kamu Grugier-Hill and Claudin Cherelus will be candidates to replace him at inside linebacker opposite Frankie Luvu.
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  • Panthers' Shaq Thompson: Suffers significant injury

    Thompson suffered a "significant" ankle injury in Monday's 20-17 loss to the Saints, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Thompson was carted off the field in the contest and head coach Frank Reich delivered the prognosis following Carolina's loss. The details of the linebacker's exact injury will likely come prior to the team's first practice of the week Wednesday.
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  • Panthers' Shaq Thompson: Doubtful to return

    Thompson (shin) is doubtful to return Monday night against the Saints, John Hendrix of SI.com reports. Thompson was carted off the field Monday night with a shin injury after Trevor Penning landed on his leg. With the 2015 first-round pick out, Kamu Grugier-Hill is now playing middle linebacker in his place.
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  • Panthers' Shaq Thompson: Five tackles in opener

    Thompson recorded five tackles (three solo) in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Falcons. Thompson is now in his ninth season with the Panthers and he's coming off a career-high 135 tackles in 2022. The linebacker's five takedowns from Week 1 are a good sign that he's going to remain heavily involved again this year.
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  • Panthers' Shaq Thompson: Completes career year

    Thompson made a career-high 135 tackles (78 solo) while playing all 17 games in the 2022 season. Thompson has now posted triple-digit stops for four straight seasons, with his total this year at least 20 more than any campaign prior. The veteran also broke up four passes and was credited with a half-sack. Although 2023 marks the final year of Thompson's contract with the Panthers, the team would save significant money by cutting him, raising doubt over his future. Wherever he suits up next season, though, Thompson should serve as a highly productive veteran linebacker.
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  • Panthers' Shaq Thompson: Double-digit stops

    Thompson finished with 12 tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's 24-16 loss to the Steelers. Thompson's fourth double-digit tackling performance of the campaign included one stop for a loss. Through 14 games, his team-leading tally now sits at 110 tackles.
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  • Panthers' Shaq Thompson: Plays every snap

    Thompson recorded nine tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 30-24 win over the Seahawks. Thompson's nine tackle were his third-best effort of the season. His performance brings him to 98 total stops on the season, which will put him on pace to easily surpass his career high of 114 set back in 2020. The 28-year-old also added a quarterback hit while playing 100 percent of the team's defensive snaps for the fourth consecutive week.
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  • Panthers' Shaq Thompson: Busy in victory

    Thompson finished with eight tackles (five solo) and one pass breakup in Thursday night's 25-15 win over the Falcons. Thompson's tackle total included three stops for loss. The veteran has been highly productive lately, racking up 31 tackles over Carolina's last three games.
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  • Panthers' Shaq Thompson: Makes 10 tackles

    Thompson finished with 10 tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 19-16 loss to the Giants. Thompson tied Frankie Luvu and Xavier Woods for Carolina's team lead in tackles. Through two games, the veteran linebacker now has logged 16 stops.
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  • Panthers' Shaq Thompson: Off PUP list

    Thompson passed his physical and was activated off the active/PUP list Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. It appears Thompson has fully recovered from the knee surgery he underwent during the offseason. The 28-year-old linebacker is coming off his third straight campaign with triple-digit tackles, and he figures to play a crucial role in Carolina's front seven again in 2022 (and perhaps push for low-end IDP production).
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  • Panthers' Shaq Thompson: Hits double figures

    Thompson finished with 11 tackles (nine solo) in Sunday's 29-21 loss to the Falcons. Thompson's tally trailed only Jeremy Chinn's for the team lead and included one stop for loss. The veteran has now posted five double-digit tackling performances in 10 games, bringing his overall total to 80 this season.
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  • Panthers' Shaq Thompson: Gets sack Sunday

    Thompson finished with six tackles (four solo) and a sack in Sunday's 34-10 win over the Cardinals. Thompson also defended two passes, putting together an impressive all-around display. His sack was his first since Week 1 and with his team-leading tally Sunday, Thompson now sports 51 tackles in his seven appearances this season.
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  • Panthers' Shaq Thompson: Hits double digits

    Thompson finished with 10 tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 24-6 loss to the Patriots. Thompson trailed only teammate Jeremy Chinn in stops, hitting double figures in tackles for the second straight game since returning from injury. Through six appearances this season, the veteran linebacker now boasts 45 tackles to go with two interceptions and a sack.
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  • Panthers' Shaq Thompson: Leads team in return

    Thompson finished with 10 tackles (eight solo) and intercepted a pass in Sunday's 19-13 win over the Falcons. Thompson led the Panthers in stops after missing three games with a foot injury. His total included one tackle for loss and Thompson also picked off Matt Ryan in the second quarter. In five appearances this season, Thompson now boasts 35 tackles, two interceptions and a sack, making a strong all-around impact in the middle of Carolina's defense.
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  • Panthers' Shaq Thompson: Managing foot issue

    Thompson will undergo an MRI on Monday after suffering a foot injury during Sunday's loss to the Cowboys, Joe Person of The Athletic reports. According to Person, Thompson could end up missing some time, though he may not need to head to injured reserve. The 27-year-old played 57 of 61 defensive snaps despite the injury Sunday and totaled five tackles (four solo).
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  • Panthers' Shaq Thompson: Just four stops

    Thompson finished with four tackles (two solo) in Sunday's 26-7 win over the Saints. Thompson also registered a quarterback hit, helping the Panthers shut down the usually dynamic Saints offense. The veteran will now strive for higher tackling volume as Carolina turns its attention toward Thursday's game in Houston.
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  • Panthers' Shaq Thompson: Excellent to open season

    Thompson finished with 10 tackles (five solo), a sack and an interception in Sunday's 19-14 win over the Jets. Thompson stuffed the stat sheet, not only leading the Panthers in stops but also topping the team with three passes defended, including a second-quarter interception that he returned for 29 yards. That marked just the second pick of Thompson's career, and with a sack Sunday he already beat his total in the category from last year. Fresh off a personal-best 113 tackles in 2020, Thompson kept his momentum going with a superb season debut, boosting his stock as a centerpiece of Carolina's defense.
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  • Panthers' Shaq Thompson: Cleared for full practice

    Thompson (undisclosed) was cleared to practice fully Sunday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. Thompson suffered an undisclosed injury last Thursday and had been limited in practice across the last week. While it's not clear what injury the 27-year-old dealt with, he'll now have a week to prepare for the preseason opener against the Colts on Aug. 15.
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