Johnson is currently listed as "questionable" and will play if his condition improves before the game on Sunday against the New York Jets. His role in the Panthers' defense stood out when Johnson missed two games with an MCL sprain following a win over the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football.
Carolina managed to win both games without its premier pass rusher, but the defense sputtered when forced to lean on Greg Hardy. Pressure will be on rotational defensive ends Mario Addison and Wes Horton to step up, should Johnson miss the game on Sunday.
The Week 15 matchup against the New York Jets is vital to both teams' playoff chances. The Panthers are trying to hold onto a tenuous wild card spot with the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals right behind them, while the Jets are mathematically still in the AFC playoff race, but must win if they hope to have a chance.