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Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin carted off practice field with knee injury

Benjamin went down in practice and immediately grabbed his left knee.

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Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin went down with a left knee injury during practice on Wednesday and was carted off the field, according to ESPN's David Newton.

Benjamin was lined up against a Miami Dolphins cornerback in a joint practice between the two teams, but appeared to suffer the injury without contact, going down after he attempted to cut on a route. Jeff Zell of WCCB Charlotte caught video of the receiver going down and immediately grabbing his left knee.

After practice Benjamin was sent to Charlotte to undergo an MRI, although Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said the team is treating it as a knee sprain for now.

A first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Benjamin caught 73 passes for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie. He declared for the NFL Draft after only two seasons at Florida State, racking up 15 touchdown receptions and All-American honors in his sophomore season.

Second-year receiver Corey Brown is the team's other starting wide receiver and veterans like Ted Ginn Jr. and Jerricho Cotchery will battle to fill the void left by Benjamin while the team waits to find out the extent of his injury.


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