Has a knack for getting into the backfield and will get his sacks. Excels at reading plays and anticipating where the QB will be. Has good quickness, instincts, and power.
Needs to be more consistent in picking up the run and in disrupting passes. Not terribly tall or blessed with jaw-dropping closing speed.
Pass-rushing end with above-average tools.
Movements & Injuries
Knee injury, out.
Knee injury, out.
Fined $7,875 by the NFL.
Fined $7,500 by the NFL.
Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Carolina Panthers to a five-year contract.
Declared free agent.
Contract tendered by the Carolina Panthers.
Signed by the Carolina Panthers.
Drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the 3rd round (83rd Overall) in 2007.
Charles Johnson (illness) active for Week 15 | 12/15/2013 2:35 PM
Panthers DE Charles Johnson (illness) is active for Week 15 against the Jets.
Charles Johnson (illness) listed questionable | 12/14/2013 1:38 PM
Panthers DE Charles Johnson (illness) is listed as questionable for Week 15.
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Johnson was a late addition to the injury report with an illness, putting his status for Sunday's game in question. He'll likely come down to a game-time decision and could see limited snaps against the Jets.
Panthers to get Charles Johnson back Sunday | 12/04/2013 9:18 AM
According to the Charlotte Observer, DE Charles Johnson (knee) will return for Sunday's game against the Saints.
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Johnson hasn't played since mildly spraining his MCL in Week 11, wisely getting back near 100 percent in time for this NFC South showdown between the 9-3 Panthers and the 9-3 Saints. It's a big boost to an already dominant Panthers front seven. Johnson leads the team with 8.5 sacks and 34 quarterback hurries on the season.
Charles Johnson says he'll be back Week 14 | 12/02/2013 8:26 AM
Panthers LE Charles Johnson (knee) tweeted that he will be back for the Week 14 game against the Saints.
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Johnson has been nursing his minor MCL sprain since Week 11, and has likely been targeting this NFC South showdown the entire time. If the Panthers are going to beat the Saints in the Superdome, they're going to need to put a ton of pressure on Drew Brees. Johnson leads the team with 8.5 sacks and 34 quarterback hurries. He's ProFootballFocus' No. 15 4-3 defensive end so far.
Charles Johnson ruled out for Week 13 | 11/29/2013 1:23 PM
Panthers LE Charles Johnson (knee) has been ruled out for Week 13 versus Tampa Bay.
In place of Johnson last week, the Panthers turned to a rotation of Mario Addison and Frank Alexander. Addison got the start, but they were used in a committee. Battling an MCL sprain, Johnson should return by Week 14.
Charles Johnson not ruled out for Week 13 yet | 11/26/2013 8:28 AM
Coach Ron Rivera said LE Charles Johnson (knee) has a chance to play in Sunday's game against the Bucs.
Johnson sprained his MCL in Week 11 and missed the Week 12 win at Miami. "From what I hear he's been doing really well," Rivera said. "A lot of it will be how he handles the first day on the field - that'll be Wednesday. We'll see Thursday how he is. If he's really sore, it won't be as rosy an outlook as I'd hoped. But again, we are going to be smart." With backup Mario Addison playing well, the Panthers can likely handle the Bucs at home without their $76 million man. Consider Johnson very questionable.
Charles Johnson inactive for Panthers | 11/24/2013 11:37 AM
Panthers declared LE Charles Johnson (knee) inactive for Sunday's Week 12 game against the Dolphins, as expected.
Report: Panthers LE Johnson has sprained MCL | 11/19/2013 2:43 PM
Profootballtalk reports Panthers LE Charles Johnson has been diagnosed with a sprained right MCL, and is week to week.
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Johnson briefly played through the injury in last night's win, but was greatly hobbled. The Panthers' leading pass rusher can be safely ruled out for Week 12, and considered questionable for Week 13. In the grand scheme of things, it's a crisis averted for the Panthers, as Johnson appeared to have suffered a serious injury after getting leg whipped by Marcus Cannon.
Charles Johnson headed for MRI on knee | 11/19/2013 10:42 AM
Panthers LE Charles Johnson is headed for a Tuesday MRI on his knee.
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Johnson's injury originally looked bad as he got leg-whipped by Patriots tackle Marcus Cannon and had to be carted off. But Johnson, the Panthers' $76 million man, did get back on the field for the final series. That suggests this MRI is just precautionary. Johnson leads the Panthers with 8.5 sacks this season.
Panthers LE Johnson injures right knee on MNF | 11/18/2013 10:15 PM
Panthers LE Charles Johnson exited Monday night's Week 11 game against the Patriots with a right knee injury.
Johnson beat RT Marcus Cannon early in the third quarter. Instead of letting Johnson get to Tom Brady, Cannon leg-whipped Johnson and hit him in the side of the right knee. Johnson's leg appeared to be planted in the ground at the time Cannon's leg hit him, forcing his knee to be jolted. Johnson couldn't put any weight on his leg as he headed to the sideline. He was later carted away.
Charles Johnson expects to play this week | 10/28/2013 2:58 PM
Panthers RE Charles Johnson (groin) expects to be ready for Week 9.
"I feel like 100 percent I'm going to be on the field," Johnson said Monday. Coach Ron Rivera is "optimistic" about Johnson's odds of suiting up for Sunday's game against the Falcons. Johnson's status will be updated later this week.
Charles Johnson (groin) could miss Week 9 | 10/26/2013 3:28 PM
The Charlotte Observer reports Panthers RE Charles Johnson's groin injury is not believed to be serious.
Johnson was injured in the second half of Thursday night's win over the Bucs, and did not return. An MRI on Friday came back negative, but his status for next week's game against Atlanta remains up in the air.