Carolina Panthers activate Stephon Gilmore off PUP list

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Pro Bowl cornerback Stephon Gilmore has been activated off the bodily not able to accomplish checklist Saturday, clearing the way for him to make his debut for the Carolina Panthers in Sunday’s sport in opposition to the Atlanta Falcons.

Exterior linebacker Shaq Thompson also seems established to return, at the very least on a limited snap depend, after lacking the past 3 online games with a foot injuries.

The Panthers (3-4) obtained Gilmore in a trade with the New England Patriots 3 weeks in the past with the system to have him ready for past week’s sport in opposition to the New York Giants, but he was not sport-ready but then.

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The Panthers have lost four straight after a 3- start off.

Gilmore began the time on the PUP checklist in New England after going through offseason medical procedures to maintenance a partly torn quad. The Patriots traded the 2019 NFL Defensive Participant of the Yr for a 2023 sixth-round pick after failing to get him to restructure his offer.

The Panthers needed Gilmore, who grew up 25 miles from Charlotte in Rock Hill, South Carolina, to enable fill the loss of Jaycee Horn. The very first-round pick experienced a broken foot in a Week 3 win at Houston and underwent medical procedures.

At ideal, Horn will not likely return right until late in the time.

Gilmore, 31, was a welcome addition simply because of his ability to play person-to-person coverage in addition to zone.

The Patriots performed person coverage fifty five% of the time with Gilmore on the industry past time, according to ESPN Stats & Information and facts research. The opponent’s Whole Quarterback Ranking with Gilmore on the industry was 46.3, in comparison with 88. in person coverage with out Gilmore.

The Panthers really performed additional person coverage (61%) the past 3 online games with out Horn prior to Sunday’s 25-3 loss to the Giants. They performed person only 39% of the time in Weeks 1-3.

But Carolina has been far significantly less effective playing person with out Horn. Opposing QBRs are 69.eight in comparison with thirty.2 the very first 3 weeks.

That has been a factor in sack figures dropping from a league-substantial fourteen the very first 3 online games to four in the past four.

“It definitely allows us up entrance,” defensive conclusion Morgan Fox explained of getting Gilmore on the industry. “It can make it easier for us to go hurry. It normally takes absent options from quarterbacks and provides us a chance to get household.

“I won’t be able to even set into text how very good of a participant he is. He is just heading to enable elevate our sport as very well as everyone all-around him.”

To make area on the roster for Gilmore, the Panthers put DE Darryl Johnson on IR with a hamstring injuries.