Panthers rookie Tyler Gaffney lost for season to knee injury

AP

The Panthers are waiting for running back Jonathan Stewart to return to action after tweaking his hamstring, but he’s not the only injured member of the backfield.

Coach Ron Rivera announced that sixth-round pick Tyler Gaffney will spend his rookie season recovering from a knee injury. Gaffney injured his knee during Friday night’s practice and doctors determined he needs season-ending surgery long before the season even gets underway.

“It’s disappointing because the young man’s a solid football player,” Rivera said, via the Charlotte Observer. “He’s had a history of being a workhorse, and unfortunately in practice [Friday] he got his knee in a bad position and something popped.”

Stewart expects to miss 2-4 weeks while recovering from his latest injury, leaving DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert sat the two main cogs in the running game. 2013 sixth-rounder Kenjon Barner is also on a thinner depth chart than the Panthers had a week ago.

7 responses to “Panthers rookie Tyler Gaffney lost for season to knee injury

  1. It sucks when any rookie suffers a season ending injury before they even reach their first preseason game, but I always feel especially bad when it’s a kid like like this guy who was already facing an uphill fight due to his draft position. If you’re a 1st or 2nd round pick they’ll just IR you for what is essentially a redshirt year — with pay — but for a 6th-rounder like Gaffney this may be the only chance he had. If he’s got the talent to play in this league, I hope he can heal up and get his shot at proving it.

  2. This time of year is always bittersweet. Nice to have camps open, but terrible reading each day about guys lost for the season. It really becomes an exercise of attrition.

  3. Wow. Jonathan Stewart is recovering from an injury. Shocking.

  4. Too bad for the kid. Hope he recovers OK. The Panthers might wanna look at the Bengal’s Green-Ellis or maybe even try Pilares at his old position. He certainly is not gonna make it at WR.

    Strike that, he’s not gonna make at RB either.

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