Panthers Place Donte Jackson on IR

Cornerback Donte Jackson has been placed on injured reserve, per a club announcement. Jackson suffered a groin injury in Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins and will miss the remainder of the season. 

Jackson had been a key piece in the Panthers secondary, serving as a team captain and recording 61 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble.

Without Jackson, Carolina will need to lean more on recently-acquired corners C.J. Henderson and Stephon Gilmore. They’ll also look to add another CB for depth, to join fifth-round rookie Keith Taylor Jr. and veteran Rashaan Melvin. In the meantime, his roster spot will be filled by guard Deonte Brown, who is returning from a knee injury.

Jackson, a 2018 second-round pick, has spent his entire pro career with the Panthers, but it’s possible that he’s played his last snap for them. The 26-year-old will be eligible for free agency in March, after the expiration of his rookie contract.

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