Former Carolina Panthers DT Gerald McCoy suffers serious injury

(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) Gerald McCoy
(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) Gerald McCoy /

Things do not look good for former Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who reportedly suffered a season-ending injury.

Former Carolina Panthers star Gerald McCoy’s campaign is over before it began. The defensive lineman is reportedly out for the season after suffering a freak injury at training camp with the Dallas Cowboys. And the organization feels it could be a bad one.

According to multiple reports, McCoy is believed to have torn his ACL, which normally requires surgery and a significant period of rehabilitation. The Carolina Panthers lost the services of the former first-round pick during free agency. But it appears unlikely he will be making any sort of impact in Dallas next season.

This represents a significant blow for the player and the Cowboys. They are expected to mount a serious Super Bowl run in 2020 after flattering to deceive for almost two decades. And McCoy was expected to solidify their defensive line interior enormously.

Things do not look good for former Carolina Panthers DT Gerald McCoy.

ESPN staff writer Todd Archer provided a deeper insight into McCoy’s training camp injury. And the initial prognosis is not good.

"“McCoy suffered an apparent injury to his right knee during the first padded practice of training camp on Monday. McCoy was hurt during individual drills and was unable to put weight on his leg after he was examined by the team’s medical staff. Before ducking into the locker room, McCoy attempted to take some steps unassisted but could not.”"

McCoy was not brought back by the Panthers after a 2019 campaign that saw him secure 15 solo tackles, five sacks, seven tackles for loss, 13 quarterback hits, and a 72.0 grade from Pro Football Focus. Although the defensive tackle is way past the peak of his powers. He was expected to beef up a Cowboys’ front that also includes another ex-Carolina star in Dontari Poe.

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Dallas gave McCoy a three-year, $18 million deal with a $3 million signing bonus and $9 million guaranteed this offseason. This was something that the Panthers were unwilling to match in their bid to go younger. And if the extent of his injury is confirmed, it is a hammer blow to their chances of wrestling the NFC East title from the Philadelphia Eagles.