Rarely does a player show up on an injury report with an eye injury, but that’s what was beside Panthers safety Roman Harper’s name in Carolina’s 45-19 victory over Arizona in the NFC Championship Game.
Free safety Harper took a shot from linebacker Luke Kuechly early in the second quarter and did not return to the game.
“The flap on my cornea shifted so I couldn’t see out of my eye,” Harper said after the game, making a vague reference to his Lasik eye surgery that also didn’t help matters in this case.
Harper, speaking more than 30 minutes after the end of the game, said he had just started being able to see out of his right eye.
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“I took some medicine and got it cleared up,” said Harper, who was scheduled to meet with an eye doctor. “I’ll be all right. We’ve got two weeks to get this team ready.”
Second-year safety Tre Boston took Harper’s place and finished with one tackle, one interception and one fumble recovery.