Carolina Panthers cornerback Ross Cockrell fractured his left tibia and fibula during Monday's practice and will require season-ending surgery, the team announced.
Cockrell, who joined the Panthers on a two-year, $6.8 million deal in March, was carted off the practice field after a hard collision with receiver Torrey Smith in the end zone. Cockrell was heard yelling, "My leg is broke," and head coach Ron Rivera halted practice.
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"It's the unfortunate nature of this game, and hopefully he'll be all right in due time," Rivera told reporters. .".. This is a tough one cause he's such a good person, too."
Cockrell, who turns 27 next week, was expected to compete for one of the starting cornerback slots. He is the second Panthers player to suffer a significant injury so far in training camp, after right tackle Daryl Williams dislocated his kneecap and tore the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
Cockrell was a fourth-round selection by the Buffalo Bills in the 2014 NFL Draft. He has five interceptions and 36 passes defensed in 54 career games (32 starts) with the Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants.
--Field Level Media