The Carolina Panthers running back is setting himself up to be successful in 2019…
It was certainly not the way Carolina running back Fozzy Whittaker wanted to begin the 2018 campaign. After being put on injured reserve n May with a torn ACL, Whittaker is out for the season, leaving the team with even less depth at running back.
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In an interview with WFNZ-AM The Fan on Thursday, the former Texas Longhorn opened up about his injury. He described what he felt and the moment he knew something wasn’t right. Even still, he did not think he tore his ACL.
"We were running hitch routes, and I heard a snap and a pop in my knee,” Whittaker told The Fan. ‘One of the strangest moments in my life. When I tore it in college, I was in tremendous pain. It was a totally different experience. I limped off the field and didn’t think I tore my ACL…”"
In the 2017 campaign, he tallied seven rushes for 18 yards.
On the bright side, Whittaker’s rehab process is going well by all accounts. In the interview, he also explained his Instagram post and why there were wraps on both legs.
It is a shame to think what could have been. The Carolina Panthers could have used Whittaker’s services, and he would have been a nice fit with C.J. Anderson. The trio of Christian McCaffrey, Fozzy Whittaker, and C.J. Anderson could have been something special. Combine that with the potential of Cameron Artis-Payne and the Panthers could have had one of the deepest backfields in the National Football League.
However, there is no sense dwelling on it. The Carolina Panthers have a nice insurance policy in Anderson and Whittaker’s recovery seems to be progressing nicely. Now, all he can do is focus on getting stronger for the 2019 sense as he looks to finally get that opportunity to prove that he can be more than just a serviceable back in the NFL.