Panthers hard-hitting safety Sherrod Martin suffered what appeared to be a very painful injury to his right knee during the first half of Sunday’s game. Martin’s coming of age this year, laying down hard hits and forcing one fumble, has been a quiet positive for a very young yet talented Panthers’ secondary.
What many Panthers fans thought and feared when the injury occurred became official on Monday when the Panthers announced that Martin would in fact be placed on injured reserve, ending his impactful 2012.
Martin reportedly tore both his ACL and MCL, sad news and surely a huge frustration for both Martin and his coaches, who saw a young player becoming a growing force in the secondary.
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera had this to say about Martin via Panthers.com,
“It’s very tough. The young man has played well. We’ve been able to refocus him on the things he’s needed to improve on, tackling being one of them. He has really done a nice job. His abilities seemed to start to show.”
Martin makes the 12th member of the Panthers to be placed on IR this season and his head coach is right, it is tough.
The Panthers have endured setback after setback and the loss of Martin only adds insult to injury following another bad loss this past Sunday.
Panthers fans, there are only four games left this year. This offseason can’t get here fast enough.
Robert Kester, Carolina Panthers Columnist. Contact @robertkester1