Carolina Panthers second-year wide receiver and former Florida State Seminole Kelvin Benjamin has sprained his knee and will undergo an MRI later today to determine the full severity of his injury. Benjamin injured his knee while running a route, falling to the ground and clutching it. Jeff Zell of WCCB Charlotte initially broke the news of Benjamin getting injured.
Benjamin was carted off the field and people thus feared the worst, but then Panthers coach Ron Rivera said that he had just sprained his knee and would undergo an MRI later. ESPN’s David Newton reported that update.
Either way, it’s looking unlikely that Benjamin will be in uniform for Week 1, which is bad news for Carolina. He is slated to be the team’s No. 1 receiver, and quarterback Cam Newton does not have many reliable targets besides him other than tight end Greg Olsen. The rest of the corps consists of Ted Ginn Jr., who is more of a return specialist, rookie Devin Funchess, second-year man Corey Brown and veteran Jerricho Cotchery.
Considering how Benjamin has incredible size for his position at 6-foot-5, 245 pounds and posted 73 receptions for 1,0008 yards and nine touchdowns after being drafted 28th overall last year, this is a considerable loss for Carolina.
Just the same, Campus Sports will update this story once the results of Benjamin’s MRI are made public.
Carolina opens the season on the road against Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 13.
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