Carolina Panthers second-year wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin’s MRI revealed a torn ACL, ending his 2015 season. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport broke the unfortunate news on Twitter.
Benjamin suffered the injury in practice today and was carted off the field. While running a route, he suddenly fell to the ground and clutched his knee.
ESPN’s David Newton reported that Benjamin had initially been diagnosed with a sprain, but that an MRI was scheduled for later. The results of such have confirmed the worst fears of both the team and the fans.
Of excellent size at 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, Benjamin was drafted 26th overall by Carolina out of Florida State in the 2014 NFL Draft and had a solid first year with 73 receptions for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns. Now that he is out for the season, the Panthers are painfully thin at receiver.
Save for rookie and former Michigan standout Devin Funchess, Carolina only has veterans Ted Ginn Jr. and Jerricho Cotchery as reliable targets for star quarterback Cam Newton, save for tight end Greg Olsen. Benjamin is also the second Carolina receiver to tear his ACL this summer, joining former New York Jet Stephen Hill. Thus, team management and head coach Ron Rivera may have to get creative when it comes to filling the void.
Carolina opens the season on the road against Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 13.
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