Panthers’ A.J. Bouye out ‘couple weeks’ with soft tissue injury

Carolina Panthers cornerback A.J. Bouye will be sidelined a “couple weeks” with a soft tissue injury, coach Matt Rhule said Thursday.

Bouye has remained out since exiting Monday’s practice due to a pulled muscle.

The Charlotte Observer reported the Panthers will work out other defensive backs on Thursday.

Bouye signed in April with the Panthers, who were willing to take him on despite knowing he won’t be available to them immediately. He still must serve the final two games of a six-game suspension handed down in December for a violation of the NFL’s policy prohibiting performance-enhancing drugs.

Bouye, 29, missed the final four games for the Denver Broncos last season.

After entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans in 2013 out of UCF, Bouye played four years in Houston before spending three years in Jacksonville. He made the Pro Bowl during his first season with the Jaguars in 2017, when he grabbed a career-high six interceptions as the team reached the AFC championship game.

In his lone season with the Broncos, Bouye finished with 23 tackles and six passes defensed in seven games (all starts).

Over 100 career games, including 69 starts, Bouye has 14 interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one sack, 72 passes defensed and 338 tackles.

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