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Panthers training camp 2018: Ross Cockrell suffers broken leg

The Carolina Panthers’ secondary suffers a set back with the injury of a cornerback.

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UPDATE No. 2: It has been confirmed that Cockrell broke two bones in his leg and will require surgery. The Panthers are expected to place him on injured reserve.

UPDATE No. 1: Reports have now surfaced that Cockrell has indeed broken his leg.

Carolina Panthers cornerback Ross Cockrell went to the ground in agony today after a collision with wide receiver Torrey Smith at practice.

While the Panthers don’t have a clear starter behind James Bradberry, Cockrell was right in the middle of a deep group of corners fighting for a place on and on top of the depth chart. He had been having a strong camp and even caught the attention of the Panthers new defensive coordinator, Eric Washington.

Prior to 2018, Cockrell, a hometown hero out of Charlotte Latin and Duke University, had spent time with the Buffalo Bills, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the New York Giants. The injury was jarring enough for the team that practice was ended after Cockrell, whose leg was in an air cast, was carted off of the field. We wish him all the best in his recovery.