Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kevin Benjamin will miss the entire season after tearing his ACL during Wednesday’s practice.
The Panthers official website confirmed that Benjamin’s knee injury is severe. In an MRI result, he tore his left anterior cruciate ligament.
“Obviously, we feel awful for Kelvin,” general manager Dave Gettleman said. “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 was one of the hard-working Panthers throughout the training camp. In his rookie season, he caught 73 passes for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns.
“He’s a heck of a player,” wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery said. “But the team has done a great job of creating competition in the room. This is one of those instances where that will benefit you.”
The Carolina Panthers have to find ways to alleviate the hole in the receiving end. Without Benjamin, it would take a while for quarterback Cam Newton adjust. The absence of Benjamin will not break the heart of the Panthers, instead, they realized that they have to dig deep to win games.