DT Star Lotulelei Out for Playoff Game Vs Seattle With Fracture in Foot

Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei has a fracture in his foot, and won’t be able to go in Saturday’s playoff game at Seattle, a huge blow for a team that needs to find a way to stop the run up front and also keep QB Russell Wilson in check.

“Star will not play this week,” coach Ron Rivera said in a conference call with Seattle reporters. “He broke a small bone in his foot, and he had surgery this morning to repair it. It’s one of those things that hopefully we get the opportunity to move on [in the playoffs], and if we do, he’ll get to play.”

Lotulelei, Carolina’s first-round pick in 2013, practiced Tuesday but missed Wednesday’s practice. It’s unclear how he injured his foot.

Lotulelei has been Carolina’s top defensive tackle in the past two games. He registered a career-high seven tackles and two sacks against Atlanta in Week 17 and followed that up with three tackles against the Cardinals in the wild card game.

The former first-round pick missed two games earlier this season. The Panthers went 0-2 without him but held up well against the run, surrendering just 89 rush yards per game and 3.49 yards per carry.

“Colin Cole will assume a bigger role for us,” Rivera said. “He’s been a solid and steady force for us, such a space-eater inside, holds the double-team at the point of attack and helps to allow our linebackers to run.”

The Panthers need help against the Seahawks, and it will be up to those other players to make plays for a team that is not getting much respect.

According to The Standard, the Panthers are still 12/1 to win the NFC, and 25/1 to win the Super Bowl. The team has the longest odds of any to win the big game in Glendale the first Sunday in February.

“We’re not counting him out. If we keep this thing going, he’ll be able to come back to us if we’re still playing in February,” Rivera said of Lotulelei.

Cardinals vs Panthers Friday Injury Report

ARIZONA CARDINALS
(Arizona conducted a walk-through on Friday. The Friday practice report is an estimation.)
Status Report
OUT QB Drew Stanton (knee)
QUESTIONABLE G Jonathan Cooper (wrist, knee), DT Dan Williams (foot)
PROBABLE DE Calais Campbell (hip), LB Larry Foote (knee), S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb, hip), DT Frostee Rucker (ankle), C Lyle Sendlein (back)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday QB Drew Stanton (knee), DT Dan Williams (foot)
Thursday QB Drew Stanton (knee)
Friday QB Drew Stanton (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday G Jonathan Cooper (wrist, knee), DT Frostee Rucker (ankle)
Thursday G Jonathan Cooper (wrist, knee), DT Frostee Rucker (ankle), DT Dan Williams (foot)
Friday G Jonathan Cooper (wrist, knee), DT Dan Williams (foot)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DE Calais Campbell (hip), LB Larry Foote (knee), S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb, hip), C Lyle Sendlein (back)
Thursday DE Calais Campbell (hip), LB Larry Foote (knee), S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb, hip), C Lyle Sendlein (back)
Friday DE Calais Campbell (hip), LB Larry Foote (knee), S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb, hip), DT Frostee Rucker (ankle), C Lyle Sendlein (back)
CAROLINA PANTHERS
Status Report
DOUBTFUL S Thomas DeCoud (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE LB A.J. Klein (ankle)
PROBABLE QB Derek Anderson (illness), DE Charles Johnson (not injury related), G Fernando Velasco (not injury related), RB DeAngelo Williams (hand)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday QB Derek Anderson (illness), G Fernando Velasco (not injury related)
Thursday S Thomas DeCoud (hamstring)
Friday S Thomas DeCoud (hamstring), DE Charles Johnson (not injury related)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Thomas DeCoud (hamstring)
Friday LB A.J. Klein (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB A.J. Klein (ankle), RB DeAngelo Williams (hand)
Thursday QB Derek Anderson (illness), LB A.J. Klein (ankle), G Fernando Velasco (not injury related), RB DeAngelo Williams (hand)
Friday QB Derek Anderson (illness), G Fernando Velasco (not injury related), RB DeAngelo Williams (hand)

Cardinals at Panthers Wednesday Wild Card Injury Report

ARIZONA CARDINALS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday QB Drew Stanton (knee), DT Dan Williams (foot)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday G Jonathan Cooper (wrist, knee), DT Frostee Rucker (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DE Calais Campbell (hip), LB Larry Foote (knee), S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb, hip), C Lyle Sendlein (back)
CAROLINA PANTHERS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday QB Derek Anderson (illness), G Fernando Velasco (not injury related)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Thomas DeCoud (hamstring)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB A.J. Klein (ankle), RB DeAngelo Williams (hand)

Browns at Panthers NFL Week 16 Capsule

BROWNS PANTHERS
SERIES LEADER 3-1
STREAKS   3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Pettine: 0-0 Rivera: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 30-0 vs. Bengals W 19-17 vs. Buccaneers
LAST GAME 11/28/10: Panthers 23 at Browns 24. Cleveland RB Peyton Hillis rushes for 131 yards & 3 TDs. Browns rookie CB Joe Haden records INT and S Abram Elam has 2 sacks.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/8/06: Panthers 20, Browns 12. Carolina WR Keyshawn Johnson catches 5 passes for 67 yards & TD. Panthers RB DeShaun Foster rushes for 106 yards.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Tom McCarthy, Adam Archuleta. SIRIUS: 140 (Cle.), 84 (Car.). XM: 228 (Car.).

STATS

PASSING Manziel (R): 15-27-143-0-2-39.6 Anderson: 65-97-701-5-0-105.2
RUSHING West (R): 153-579-3.8-3 Stewart: 138-636-4.6-3
RECEIVING Hawkins: 58-763-13.2-2 Olsen (TE): 81-960-11.9-6
OFFENSE 336.1 345.3
TAKE/GIVE +7 +1
DEFENSE 359.6 351.5
SACKS Kruger: 10 Addison, Johnson: 6.5
INTs Skrine: 4 Harper: 3
PUNTING Lanning: 44.2 Nortman: 44.5
KICKING Hartley (2013): 107 (41/41 PAT; 22/30 FG) Gano: 106 (28/28 PAT; 26/31 FG)

NOTES

BROWNS: Rookie QB JOHNNY MANZIEL will make 1st career road start. Scored 1st NFL TD in last road game (10-yard run vs. Buf. in Week 13)…Browns are only NFL team with 2 rookies with 500+ rushing yards – RBs TERRANCE WEST (579) & ISAIAH CROWELL (546). Crowell (undrafted) has 4 rush TDs in past 6 & is tied for most among NFL rookies (8). West (Round 3, No. 94 overall) leads team & ranks 2nd among AFC rookies with 579 rush yards…In past 18, WR JOSH GORDON has 107 rec. for 1,904 yards (105.7/game) & 9 TDs. In past 5 vs. NFC, has 480 rec. yards & 2 TDs, incl. 3 100-yard games…S DONTE WHITNER leads team with 92 tackles. Had FF in only meeting (11/10/13 with SF). LB PAUL KRUGER has career-high 10 sacks, incl. 4 in past 4. LB CRAIG ROBERTSON had INT last week. S JIM LEONHARD has INT in 2 of past 3…PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON has won 3 of past 4 vs. AFC at home. Has 103.4 rating, 6 pass TDs & 1 rush TD in those 4. Needs 188 pass yards for 4th consecutive 3,000-yard season. QB DEREK ANDERSON has played 6 games & has 105.2 rating (5 TDs, 0 INTs), incl. 2-0 record as starter…RB JONATHAN STEWART has rushed for 313 yards (104.3 per game) & TD in past 3. Rushed for 98 yards & averaged 8.2 yards per carry (12 att.) in only meeting. RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS needs 154 rush yards to reach 7,000 for career…Among rookies, WR KELVIN BENJAMIN is 2nd with 952 rec. yards, ties for 2nd with 9 rec. TDs & ranks 3rd with 67 catches. TE GREG OLSEN has TD catch in 5 of past 7 vs. AFC. Has 8 TDs in past 11 vs. AFC. Had 10 catches for 110 yards last week, his 2nd consecutive 10-catch game. Has career-high 81 catches & 960 yards…LB LUKE KUECHLY has 39 tackles in 3 games vs. AFC this season & aims for 4th in row vs. AFC with 10+ tackles. Since entering NFL in 2012, leads league with 458 tackles. DE CHARLES JOHNSON has 11.5 sacks in past 18 vs. AFC. Has 6.5 sacks in past 10, incl. 0.5 sack & FF last week. DE MARIO ADDISON has career-high 6.5 sacks, tied with Johnson for team lead.

Browns at Panthers Wednesday Injury Report

CLEVELAND BROWNS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Tashaun Gipson (knee), CB Joe Haden (shoulder), WR Marlon Moore (knee), T Joe Thomas (not injury related), CB K’Waun Williams (hamstring)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday TE Gary Barnidge (rib), LB Karlos Dansby (knee), CB Robert Nelson (hamstring), LB Jabaal Sheard (foot)
CAROLINA PANTHERS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Roman Harper (thigh), LB A.J. Klein (ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday QB Cam Newton (back), G Amini Silatolu (knee), RB DeAngelo Williams (hand)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Thomas Davis (knee)

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