During Carolina Panthers’ head coach Ron Rivera’s press conference today, he confirmed that wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery suffered a high ankle sprain against the Houston Texans. The injury happened early in the game and after going back to the locker room, he was able to return.
As Rivera said, “He came back and played on it, then it got stiff so we had sat him down. If we had gotten into an emergency situation, he might have been able to come back but at that point we sat him down.”
Cotchery has been an incredibly durable over his 12 year career playing in 163 out of a possible 178 games and has not missed more than three regular season games since his rookie season in 2004. He was coming off a strong game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with four receptions for 45 yards and the lone passing touchdown.
Unfortunately, high ankle sprains is something that tends to linger as Rivera said but there is a level of optimism because “the fact that he was able to come back and play on it like he did, before it got stiff, the doctors felt that hopefully he will be able to go this week.”
It would not be surprising to see Cotchery get Wednesday, and possible Thursday, to give the ankle plenty of time to heal before the Panthers’ next game against the New Orleans Saints. If Cotchery is not able to play, the Panthers will most likely turn to inexperienced wide receivers Devin Funchess and Kevin Norwood to make up for the loss of the veteran pass catcher.
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