The team announced they placed the veteran defensive tackle on injured reserve Wednesday, signing former third-round pick Sione Fua to replace him on the roster.
The loss of Vickerson leaves Mitch Unrein and 2013 first-rounder Sylvester Williams to fill in next to starter Terrance Knighton. Williams saw his most extensive action against the Patriots, and will need to take on a bigger role.
Fua was a third-round pick of the Panthers in 2011, and started 11 games for them that year. He bounced on and off the roster since, with the team trying him at guard before releasing him recently.