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Panthers WR Stephen Hill carted off after injuring knee

Carolina Panthers personnel help wide receiver Stephen Hill, center, to a cart after he was injured during practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. At left, Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman looks on.
Carolina Panthers personnel help wide receiver Stephen Hill, center, to a cart after he was injured during practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. At left, Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman looks on. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Stephen Hill’s rough week might have gone from bad to worse.

Five days after being cited for a drug-related charge during a traffic stop in Concord, the Carolina Panthers wide receiver was carted from practice Saturday with what appeared to be a serious knee injury.

Hill screamed in pain and clutched the back of his right knee after landing awkwardly after going up to catch a Cam Newton pass over the middle.

Assistant head coach Steve Wilks, who ran practice while Ron Rivera attended his brother’s funeral, did not have an update on Hill’s condition immediately after practice.

“Until I find out what’s going on, we’ll just wait and see,” Wilks said. “I don’t want to give any speculations right now.”

A Panthers spokesman said Hill is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Sunday. But the initial diagnosis was not encouraging, according to a source.

Hill, the Jets’ second-round pick in 2012, spent last season on the Panthers’ practice squad after the Jets cut him. The 6-4, 215-pounder is competing for one of the final receiving spots.

He was cited Tuesday afternoon with two misdemeanors: possession of marijuana paraphernalia and failure to wear a seatbelt. Police found Hill with two grinders containing marijuana residue and a marijuana bowl when he was stopped near Concord Mills.

Hill also told the officer he’d smoked pot at his home earlier in the day.

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said the team planned to let the legal process out, adding the charges would not affect Hill’s chances of making the team.

Joseph Person: 704-358-5123, @josephperson

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