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Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin tears ACL, done for the season

Panther receiver Kelvin Benjamin was doing a one-on-one drill with Miami Dolphins cornerback Reshad Jones when he cut right toward the sideline and went down.
Panther receiver Kelvin Benjamin was doing a one-on-one drill with Miami Dolphins cornerback Reshad Jones when he cut right toward the sideline and went down. jjones@charlotteobserver.com

Update 5:50 p.m.: Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin has a torn ACL in his left knee and will not play this season.

“Obviously, we feel awful for Kelvin,” general manager Dave Gettleman said in a statement. “He’s worked tremendously hard to put himself in a positon to have a strong year. We’re confident he will attack his surgery and rehab with the same determination he has met all challenges before.”

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Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was carted off the field Wednesday after hurting his left knee during training camp practice.

Coach Ron Rivera said preliminary indications are that Benjamin suffered a sprained knee. But he’ll undergo an MRI in Charlotte.

Benjamin was doing a one-on-one drill with Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones when he cut right toward the sideline and went down. Benjamin quickly screamed in pain and then went silent as he immediately grabbed his left knee.

“The early word is it’s a sprain as of right now. They’re going to take him up and get an MRI and that’s all I know” Rivera said.

Rivera said Benjamin’s non-contact injury could have happened in any drill.

“He just went to plant and make a swim move and without any contact just kind of went down,” Rivera said. “So it was unfortunate. It’s one of those things it could have happened in any drill. Unfortunately, it just happened then.”

Also Wednesday, Rivera said rookie receiver Devin Funchess tweaked his hamstring toward the end of practice and likely won’t practice Thursday.

The Panthers and Dolphins are holding a joint practice Wednesday ahead of this weekend’s preseason game.

About a half-hour after Benjamin’s injury, Dolphins safety Louis Delmas went down after hurting his right knee. Delmas had a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) on the same knee last year.

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