Fresh off a 12-4 season and the second seed in hand, the Carolina Panthers looked like a juggernaut. Since then, they have not only been embarrassed at home in the playoffs but that juggernaut looks more like a dud bottle rocket.
All of those coaches left and now, there is bad news about one of our key players on defense – Damione Lewis, the space-eating defensive tackle.
Carolina Panthers starting defensive tackle Damione Lewis said he probably won’t be back on the football field until training camp at the earliest after recently undergoing rotator cuff surgery on his shoulder.
Lewis, an eight-year NFL veteran who turns 31 in March, said he’s been told by doctors that the surgery will take several months to recover from and said he expects to miss all of the team’s minicamp in May as well as the three weeks of “summer school” or OTA’s in June.
“It’s just a matter of giving it time to recover,” he said.
Lewis injured the shoulder in Carolina’s Dec. 21 loss to the New York Giants.
However, instead of having surgery immediately to repair the problem, he elected to tough it out with the Panthers in the playoff hunt. He sat out the regular season finale against the New Orleans Saints, but did return for the playoffs and started against the Arizona Cardinals.
We have to start hoping for some good news and soon!