Charlotte, N.C. - Injured rookie runner DeShaun Foster has been placed on the injured reserve list and will not be playing for the rest of the season. Foster will be an enormous loss to the Panthers. His role was to supply the needed game-breaking speed and agility, however, that responsibility has now been delegated permanently to Lamar Smith.
"He's (DeShaun Foster) obviously a guy we thought would bring a dimension to our offense that we were excited about," Panthers coach John Fox said Friday. "When you find out you're not going to have that possibility for this season, it's disappointing."
In the beginning, Foster was only expecting to miss about four weeks at the most. His first practice after the injury was on October 16th. After the practice he had some swelling and soreness in his knee. This forced doctors to reassess his medical condition.
"It's an injury that required time to heal, and we had hoped that the cartilage might grow back some," Fox said. "It didn't, so now they're looking at other options, and that takes even more time."
The instant remedy to Foster's knee could possibly be rest for the time being. However, surgery is an option as well."I think it's frustrating for DeShaun, No. 1. It's part of the game and it's something we want to get fixed and fixed correctly", said coach John Fox. "The doctors have done everything in their power to rest it and get it to this point. Maybe it will require something different. I don't quite know at this point."