Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawaan Short has been placed on injured reserve. Head coach Matt Rhule announced today that his shoulder injury would require season ending surgery.
#Panthers HC Matt Rhule says DT Kawann Short’s shoulder injury will require season-ending surgery and will go on injured reserve.— Myles Simmons (@MylesASimmons) October 14, 2020
Short played in three of the Panthers five games so far in 2020. He amassed six tackles in those games.
He made it one week further into this season than he did the 2019 season, when he went on injured reserve following rotator cuff surgery. Rhule said that this year’s injury was not to the same shoulder he injured last season.
Rhule says the #Panthers feel good about the defensive tackles they have. Adds it’s tough to replace Short, but may find someone for practice squad depth. Zach Kerr the next man up at the position.— Myles Simmons (@MylesASimmons) October 14, 2020
The Carolina Panthers are quite happy with their depth along the defensive line, but they do not have the talent to replace Short for the entirety of the season. Rhule mentioned the team possibly looking to add additional depth to the practice squad. It is unlikely they would be able to find a true replacement on the current free agent market.