SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin has torn the ACL in his left knee, an injury that will sideline him for the season.
It's a major blow to the Panthers in their quest to win a third straight NFC South championship.
Benjamin had developed into Carolina's No. 1 receiver after setting franchise rookie records in 2014 with 73 receptions for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters earlier in the day Benjamin had a sprained knee and remained hopeful everything would be fine.
However, an MRI revealed the tear.
The injury occurred during a joint practice with the Miami Dolphins. Benjamin slipped on the grass field while trying to make a cut and the knee buckled as he crashed to the ground, screaming in pain.
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