Samuel left Monday's game in the third quarter after a Dolphins defensive back fell on Samuel's leg and rolled on his ankle.
The second-round pick out of Ohio State was just coming into his own after spending most of training camp and a portion of the first month of the season dealing with a hamstring injury and later an injury to the right ankle.
In 9 games, Samuel made 15 catches for 115 yards and took 4 carries for 64 yards, though he did not find the end zone in the 2017 season. Cam Newton said the injury is "real bad" while Rivera said he's "not optimistic" about his status.
Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula said the team would use a committee approach to replace Samuel. "He made a tough catch when he got hit hard on a deep cross and held onto it". The Panthers shipped out Kelvin Benjamin before last month's trade deadline, so the receiving corps is pretty bare behind No. 1 wideout Devin Funchess.
"I think it's kind of a collective effort".
Samuel was a big part of Carolina's plan coming into the season as the slot receiver because of his speed and playmaking ability. "One of the best things that happened (Monday) night after Curtis (was hurt) is we didn't really feel like we missed a beat".
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