The Carolina Panthers announced Thursday that LB Shaq Thompson has been placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
The Panthers promoted QB Kyle Allen to their active roster to serve as Taylor Heinicke‘s backup for Week 16’s game.
Thompson, 24, is a former first-round pick of the Panthers back in 2015. He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $8.808 million contract that included $7.172 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $936,000 for the 2018 season.
The Panthers picked up Thompson’s fifth-year option this past April, which will pay him over $8.7 million for the 2019 season.
In 2018, Thompson appeared in 14 games for the Panthers and recorded 80 tackles, 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a pass defense.
Allen, 22, signed on with the Panthers as an undrafted free agent back in April. He began his college career at Texas A&M before transferring after two seasons and joining Houston for the 2017 season.
Allen was waived coming out of the preseason before the Panthers added him to their practice squad.
During his college career, Allen threw for 4,283 yards while completing 61.7 percent of his passes to go along with 37 touchdowns and 18 interceptions over the course of three seasons and 24 total games played.