The Carolina Panthers will be without fourth-round draft pick Tre Boston until at least training camp.
Boston, a former North Carolina safety, had sports hernia surgery recently and has not participated in OTAs. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the hope is to have him back by the start of training camp.
“After one of our (rookie minicamp) practices, he came in and he was complaining about it, and we knew he had a history of it,” Rivera said. “He went to the doctors, and this might be the best time to do it. If we do it now, he’ll be ready for training camp.”
Rivera said players can either manage the pain and play with it or have surgery right away. The Panthers opted for Boston to miss OTAs and veteran minicamp in mid-June so he could be ready by late July.
The Panthers view Boston as a hard-hitting safety, and the coaching staff is impressed with his football IQ.
Boston isn’t the only fourth-round pick sidelined for the Panthers. Offensive guard Edmund Kugbila, the 2013 fourth-rounder for Carolina, was on the exercise bike and with the trainers again Wednesday. He may not return until training camp, either.