The Carolina Panthers have decided to place Charles Tillman on injured reserve Tuesday after he suffered a torn ACL against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the final regular season game. The defense has been hit hard by injury at cornerback and have now placed their second cornerback on injured reserve in less than a month after Bene Benwikere suffered a fractured leg against the Atlanta Falcons.
The team decided to promote Louis Young from their practice squad to replace Tillman on the active roster. Young joined the Panthers in November of 2014 but this will be the first time he has been promoted to the active roster for a regular season game. He did appear in 34 snaps in the final preseason game this year and had one tackle.
The Panthers' have added a number of new faces to the secondary due to injuries and two of their top three cornerbacks was not with the team before Thanksgiving. The team added free agent Cortland Finnegan after their game against the Dallas Cowboys and he has played well as the team's nickel.
After the injury suffered by Benwikere, the team brought back former seventh round pick Robert McClain, who is expected to start in place of Tillman in the team's first playoff game. This will leave Young and Teddy Williams as the primary back ups however Williams has primarily been a special teams player in his career.