Panthers lose Bene Benwikere to broken leg, other injuries not serious


The Panthers didn’t come out completely unscathed Sunday.

Head coach Ron Rivera told reporters after the game that starting cornerback Bene Benwikere suffered a broken leg in the 38-0 win over the Falcons, testing an already thin secondary for the 13-0 Panthers.

Rivera did have good news, however, as he said the foot injury to running back Jonathan Stewart and the knee injury suffered by tight end Greg Olsen weren’t serious, and they could have returned to the game if it had been closer.

Benwikere was starting for veteran corner Charles Tillman, who they’re hoping to get back before the end of the regular season after his knee injury.

The Panthers brought Cortland Finengan out of retirement two weeks ago, but other than Josh Norman, there’s not much else there. Teddy Williams is listed as a cornerback but he’s a special teamer.

4 responses to “Panthers lose Bene Benwikere to broken leg, other injuries not serious

  1. It was pretty nasty out there, for such a drubbing. I think the dirty birds were playing to hurt, since they were unable to play to win.

  2. .
    Injuries in the secondary become even more pronounced in the playoffs where every QB is top flight. It’s unlikely that the Panthers can find much help at this point in the season.

  3. Before he got hurt, Tillman was just as much a turnover machine as he was in Chicago. He’ll be fine for the playoffs. We have 3 games left to get Finnegan back up to speed (let’s not forget, he had not played in a real game since last year until last week). Yes, losing Benwikere really hurts, but we’ve been overcoming injuries all year (Kuechly, Tillman, Kelvin Benjamin), so my confidence in my team remains high.


  4. For a post on a 13-0 team almost 24 hrs ago to have only 3 comments is sad.

    As a Viking fan I want to say congrats to the Panthers for keeping it going. In the NFL it is hard enough to win 1 game in a row let alone 17 from last season to this season.

    I believe the Panthers last regular season loss came to the Vikings in a game that was played in the single digits weather wise.

    If they end up winning every game and the Super Bowl I can’t wait to see how many bandwagon fans show up in support.

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