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Kelvin Benjamin feels like “a new man” after knee scare

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Panthers rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin was able to smile after his first NFL injury scare, saying he felt like “a new man” after a precautionary MRI revealed only a bone bruise.

(If that new man was Calvin Johnson, the Panthers’ passing game should be OK.)

Benjamin’s MRI revealed no structural damage, and the indication that his absence will be measured in days rather than weeks.

I’m coming back even harder, 10 times harder,” Benjamin said, via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. “I’m getting a lot of treatment, just get better.”

Benjamin didn’t practice yesterday, and the team has today off, so there’s no rush.

“I think they just want to take their time on it,” he said. “I woke up [Tuesday] morning like a new man. I was telling them it feels way better. But they were still telling me still take your time with it.”

In his absence, the Panthers rotated Marvin McNutt into the starting mix with Jason Avant and Jerricho Cotchery.

And that should tell you all you need to know about the importance of Benjamin’s return.

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13 Responses to “Kelvin Benjamin feels like “a new man” after knee scare”
  1. alcore1 says: Jul 30, 2014 8:31 AM

    Marvin McNutt is the MAN!

  2. qdog112 says: Jul 30, 2014 8:42 AM

    Hope he feels new” enough to run about a 4.5, so he can get open for Cam.

  3. Straight Cash Homie says: Jul 30, 2014 8:50 AM

    Questionable first round pick before camp. Him admitting he’s a “new man” (aka scared now because of the injury) is just speeding up his bust factor.

    Greg Olsen – Panthers offensive player of the year

  4. TheDPR says: Jul 30, 2014 8:56 AM

    Avant and Cotchery are solid possession guys. They must be getting sick of being dogged because of the fact that they’re not big play, speed guys.

  5. paychrisjohnson28 says: Jul 30, 2014 9:03 AM

    Go Former Iowa Hawkeye Marvin McNutt! —-Iowa Hawkeye Fan Dan

  6. albayaom says: Jul 30, 2014 9:10 AM

    I can’t wait until KB turns in to beast to prove all the haters wrong. It may take some time but this kid will special, no doubt.

  7. rosmith51 says: Jul 30, 2014 9:33 AM

    Good to know he feels it’ll be easy to try 10x harder.

    Of course that means at best he’s been giving 10% so far.

    Solid effort Kelvin.

  8. pantherfan40 says: Jul 30, 2014 9:59 AM

    Kelvin benjamin, marcus lucas will be the best combo watch!!!

  9. purpleguy says: Jul 30, 2014 11:29 AM

    He looks like Gilligan peddling the bike to run the professor’s radio.

  10. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 30, 2014 12:36 PM

    Not sure who was happier to hear Benjamin’s knee was OK. Benjamin or Cam?

  11. crewchief15 says: Jul 30, 2014 1:20 PM

    He may feel like “a new man”, but he looks like an old laddie!

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 30, 2014 2:19 PM

    New photographic evidence has emerged showing that the #13 is, in fact, unlucky.

  13. diehardpanther says: Jul 30, 2014 3:03 PM

    Patriots reportedly sent Jeff Gillooly to the hospital to greet Benjamin after his MRI …..

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