The Carolina Panthers have been one of the few teams in the NFL that boasted 2 or less player injuries but this all changed yesterday when Kelvin Benjamin injured himself during practice on Wednesday morning.
The MRI results just came back and it’s bad news for the Panthers as Benjamin will need surgery for a torn left ACL that will take him out for the rest of the season.
Benjamin who is a second-year wide receiver was a former Florida State star athlete who was drafted by the Panthers in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He was ranked as the No. 8 wide receiver and the No. 60 overall player nationally in his class during the 2014 NFL draft.
The 6 feet 5 inches, 240 pounds Benjamin was often compared to players like Alshon Jeffrey for his size, speed, physicality and high pointing abilities. Last season, he played very well as a rookie, beating the NFL’s stingiest cornerbacks for 73 passes for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns
“Obviously, we feel awful for Kelvin,” general manager Dave Gettleman said in a statement released by the team. “He’s worked tremendously hard to put himself in a position to have a strong year. We’re confident he will attack his surgery and rehab with the same determination he has met all challenges before.”
Benjamin being out of for the season will greatly affect quarterback Cam Newton’s offense and many a sportsbook are currently adjusting their Super Bowl futures odds. According to most sources, Benjamin is one of the five most valuable players on the roster.
It is still too early to count the Panthers out of the running but the loss of Benjamin will limit their win options.