Just as the Carolina Panthers get a left guard back from an injury, another one is headed to injured reserve.
Amini Silatolu will undergo season-ending surgery after tearing the ACL in his left knee during the second half of the Panthers’ 44-16 win against Washington on Sunday.
Silatolu, the team’s second-round pick in 2012, started the past three games in place of Andrew Norwell, who pulled his hamstring early in the Nov. 2 win against Indianapolis. Silatolu, who is in the final year of his rookie deal, said after Sunday’s game he didn’t think the injury was serious.
“It’s one of those unfortunate things,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday. “(Silatolu is) a guy that was playing very well for us and really doing some good things.”
Norwell became a starter midway through his rookie season in 2014 and was playing well at the time of his injury. Norwell slipped on the wet grass while blocking for a field goal against the Colts, but has progressed well in his rehab and is expected to start Thursday at Dallas.
“He was right on track, and we kind of targeted this game as well,” Rivera said. “We were just very fortunate the timing works out for us in this respect.”
Veteran lineman Chris Scott and rookie Daryl Williams will back up starting guards Trai Turner and Norwell.
“We’re going to move some guys around and fill some holes,” Rivera said. “We should be fine.”