Foster was injured late in the third quarter of the Carolina vs. New England pre-season game. Testing showed that there was some damage done to the cartilage and a bone bruise, but doctors stated that he'd be able to play again in about 4 or 5 weeks and would avoid surgery.
"We are relieved it wasn't worse," Marty Hurney, the Panthers' general manager, said back in August. "This is probably the best we could have hoped for, all things considered."
Because of Foster's injury, the coaching staff's eyes shifted to Lamar Smith as the starter for the Panthers. Smith lacks some of the flare and breakaway speed of Foster, but nevertheless Smith is a strong runner who was a 1,000-yard rusher for the Miami Dolphins. Good thing John Fox saw the importance of having two concrete running backs.
"During the course of a season you have that little see-saw possibility," Fox said. "That's why it's important to have two guys you can rely on who have starting capability."
The Panthers and their fans have been anxious about when Foster will be back. Doctors said four to five weeks, which is fast approaching. Sources have said that he is healing well and should be back soon. One thing is certain, when Foster returns; he will have a warm welcome.