The injuries are starting to pile up for the Panthers. After Christian McCaffrey left Thursday’s game, we learned that first-round cornerback Jaycee Horn suffered a significant injury. The rookie suffered a broken foot during tonight’s game against the Texans, reports ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler (via Twitter).
Horn went down on a non-contact play and had to be carted off the field during the first possession of the second half. Per Charean Williams of ProFootballTalk.com, the cornerback couldn’t put weight on his leg. This is a tough break for a Panthers team that also lost safety Juston Burris during tonight’s game. There’s no definitive timetable on Horn’s return, but a trip to the IR seems likely.
Horn was on the draft radar ever since his solid 2018 showing. By 2020, he solidified his status as an elite prospect. In his final year with the Buckeyes, Horn nabbed a pair interceptions and notched six passes defended in just seven games (Horn sat out the final stretch of the year after the departure of head coach Will Muschamp). Thanks to his performance, Horn was the first cornerback off the board in this year’s draft, going eighth overall to the Panthers. Through his first two NFL games, Horn had collected three tackles and one interception.
With Horn out of the picture, Rashaan Melvin will likely see an uptick in reps.
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