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Status of injured Panthers starters Kalil, Thompson up to doctors

Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil (67) leaves Sunday’s game after injuring his right shoulder.
Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil (67) leaves Sunday’s game after injuring his right shoulder. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

The Panthers lost two starters to injury Sunday, with center Ryan Kalil and outside linebacker Shaq Thompson leaving during the second quarter of the 30-20 win against Arizona.

Kalil injured his right shoulder and Thompson went down with a right knee injury. Coach Ron Rivera said early indications were that both players sustained sprains.

Neither player was available to the media after the game.

“The first thing I was told (is that Kalil) sprained his shoulder, so that’s all I have on that,” Rivera said. “The other one is Shaq Thompson and I was told he sprained his knee. ... We’ll find out once they see the doctors.”

Kalil injured his shoulder early in the game, prompting a game official to send him to the sideline initially. He returned one play later, then left for good in the second quarter.

Thompson’s injury happened on a sack of Carson Palmer when Thompson was away from the play. He was in uniform on the sideline throughout the second half, but never went back in the game.

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