Kelvin Benjamin injury news is not good for the Carolina Panthers. Benjamin injured his knee during a Panthers' practice on Wednesday, Aug. 19, forcing team doctors to have him carted off the field. A report from NFL.com stated that the injury was to his left knee and that he was unable to put weight on the leg before being taken from the field.
Not a lot of information has come from the Panthers yet, other than to confirm that he had to be taken from the field to undergo medical tests. It all took place when he was running a route on a non-contact play, taking a cut before hurting himself and going down. It doesn't make much of a difference that he didn't get hit on the play, as this could be a huge blow to the team either way.
The 2014 NFL season was Benjamin's first year in the league, and he had a really good rookie season for the Panthers. That's what makes this Kelvin Benjamin injury news even harder for Panthers fans to take, as he was emerging as a star in the NFL. He caught 73 passes for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns. It thrust Benjamin up the draft boards in nearly every fantasy football league.
While Benjamin hasn't been officially ruled out, and the extent of knee injury is still under wraps, quotes from the sidelines stated that it "did not look good." That's never a good sign when an athlete is dealing with a knee issue, and this is possible something that could sideline him for a while. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton may have just lost his best weapon on offense.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, had arrived on the national stage during this past NFL season, even winning an Offensive Player of the Month Award as a rookie. He has started on a path toward becoming one of the best receivers in the league, and NFL analysts have already been predicting big things from him this year. In the first preseason game for the Carolina Panthers, he caught three passes for 36 yards and a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills.
There will be more news about the Kelvin Benjamin injury later on Wednesday, even if the team is very reluctant to have a press conference about losing one of its best players. For fantasy football owners that haven't drafted in leagues yet, this is a good time to take a pause and potentially re-evaluate what his value will be during the 2015 NFL season.
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