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Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin went down in practice with a left knee injury. The injury took place in a joint practice with the Dolphins. It was a non-contact injury. Benjamin attempted to cut on a route and fell to the ground in obvious pain. He had to be carted off the field. It did not look.
Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin may have avoided a catastrophic injury. The initial diagnosis is a sprained left knee according to head coach Ron Rivera. Benjamin will head to Charlotte for an MRI. This could still be very bad, nevertheless, this is better news than we expected to receive.
Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess was forced out of today's joint practice with the Dolphins after tweaking his hamstring. He is not expected to be able to participate in tomorrow's joint practice and is in serious danger of missing at least this week's preseason game. This comes right on the heels of Kelvin Benjamin being carted off the field with a left knee injury. It was a bad day in Carolina.
Saints running back C.J. Spiller will be back in time for the season opener after undergoing knee surgery last Friday. Head coach Sean Payton has confirmed this timetable for return. Spiller is still expected to miss the entirety of the preseason and may not be 100 percent Week 1 from a conditioning standpoint. This could impact his early season production.
Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin's MRI revealed a torn ACL. The training staff believed it was just a sprained knee but the MRI revealed the worst. Benjamin's season is over before it even begins. This is a crushing blow to the Panthers' offense and very promising young wideout.
Saints tight end Ben Watson has been gaining ground on Josh Hill since Jimmy Graham was traded. Now, he may have surpassed him. Drew Brees has adamantly stated that Watson was the team's starting tight end. There have been a number of reports over the past few months to support his statement.
Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess will be asked to do a lot this season. He'll have some big shoes to fill now that Kelvin Benjamin's season has ended due to a torn ACL. He is reportedly moving into Benjamin's spot at the "X" receiver position. This would lead you to believe the Panthers are counting on him to be the WR1 this season.
Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess will be asked to fill in for injured Kelvin Benjamin, who will miss the season with a torn ACL. His head coach Devin Funchess has given him a vote of confidence and specifically pointed out his high football I.Q. as an advantage. "Absolutely, that should help a lot. He is really a solid young man," Rivera said. "He knows two positions, and obviously he'll concentrate on Kelvin's and work to handle that spot for us … We drafted Devin Funchess for a reason and this is one of them. You want to have a big, quality receiver, and Devin gives us that still."
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White was held out of Friday's preseason game with an elbow injury. However, there were some conflicting reports that it was an elbow issue too. Either way, the injury is not serious and White did practice all week. This appears to be more precautionary than anything else. White projects to once again start opposite Julio Jones.
Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman missed last night's preseason game while recovering from a hamstring injury. However, he was a game-time decision. Freeman had been back practicing after missing extended time with a hamstring injury. Teammate Tevin Coleman is also in almost the same exact situation. The two are battling it out for positioning on the depth chart this preseason.