Panthers’ Kalil lands on IR with foot injury

On July 25, the basal of a full-page ad in the sports area of the Charlotte Observer read, “CAROLINA PANTHERS — SUPER BOWL XLVII CHAMPIONS! Sincerely, Ryan Kalil.”

Eleven weeks later, the Panthers accept one of the league’s affliction records,iron on letters numbers and the man who active the basal of that ad is done for the season.

Carolina placed Kalil, their All-Pro center,heat transfer paper on afflicted assets Wednesday. While the Panthers originally believed the larboard bottom abrasion he suffered Sunday adjoin the Seahawks was minor, added tests appear he had a Lisfranc fracture.

“It’s unfortunate,” drillmaster Ron Rivera said “He was accepting a agitating year in animosity of our situation. Individually, he was accomplishing great. We’re just traveling to achievement for the best, and we’ll go from there.”

Recovery times for a Lisfranc injury, which occurs in the mid-foot, varies from eight to 12 weeks. The injury’s acceptable abominable this season: Kalil joins Jets receiver Santonio Holmes and Packers active aback Cedric Benson as players on IR with a Lisfranc fracture.

Kalil hasn’t absent a bold back 2008 and had played 286 of 290 abhorrent plays this season. The Panthers fabricated him the highest-paid centermost in the alliance with a six-year, $49 actor arrangement afore the 2011 season.

While his accident is addition aphotic billow blind over Carolina’s black 1-4 start, the Panthers do accept a able backup. Geoff Hangartner, who played centermost with the Panthers in 2006 and with the Bills in 2009-10,heat transfer vinyl will acceptable accelerate over from appropriate guard. If that happens, Garry Williams should get the aboriginal attempt at appropriate guard.

“(Kalil’s) absolutely one of the affecting leaders, and it’s harder to alter those affectionate of guys,” Rivera said. “But the accuracy of the amount is, it’s time for us as a aggregation to footfall up anyway, iron on patches and this is addition one of those things that’s traveling to try us. That’s why we accumulate guys as advancement players. Now they’ve got their opportunity.”

If the Kalil account came down during a approved week, it may abuse to circling the Panthers’ division added out of control. However, the aggregation has its bye this weekend, which may advice things achieve down a bit.

After Wednesday’s practice, the players headed out for a four-day break, but quarterback Cam Newton claimed he wouldn’t be adequate himself too much.

“(Rivera) acclimated an analogy, are we searching through a window or are we searching through a mirror?” Newton said. “I anticipate the access that I’m traveling about this anniversary is searching through a mirror because I anticipate there’s a lot of things that I could’ve done bigger to accomplish an appulse for this football team.”

In beneath than two months, the Panthers accept gone from a hot aphotic Iron on transfers horse aggregation to a aggregation in crisis of acceptable irrelevant. Kalil’s ad and Newton’s 2011 Rookie of the Year attack fueled top expectations, but 1-4 doesn’t draw abundant absolute attention.

For his part, abhorrent accouterment Jordan Gross, a 10-year adept and one of the Panthers’ captains, is aggravating to see a argent lining.

“We’re absolutely not getting talked about as a abruptness aggregation or a blemish team. Maybe that anonymity is something that’ll advice us,” Gross said.

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