Panthers RT Williams taken off field on cart

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Panthers suffer a potentially costly injury when starting right tackle Daryl Williams was carted off the field Saturday.

The Carolina Panthers suffered a potentially costly injury when starting right tackle Daryl Williams was carted off the field Saturday.

Williams was hurt during the team’s third day of training camp practice and its first in pads. He was injured on a non-contact play, according to the team’s official website.

The 6-foot-6, 330-pound Williams was dropping back into pass protection when he crumpled to the ground, screaming in pain. His teammates took a knee as the training staff attended to Williams. Williams’ knee was in a brace as he was carted off the field.

A fourth-round selection of the Panthers in the 2015 NFL Draft, Williams started all 16 games in 2017 and was named a second-team Pro Bowl selection. He started 10 of 13 games in 2016.

Potential replacements for Williams would be Taylor Moton, a second-round draft pick in 2017, and Jeremiah Sirles, who was brought in as a free agent.

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"It got real quiet and it just kind of hits you in the stomach," defensive end Wes Horton told the Charlotte Observer. He's such a good kid and we're all praying for him. He'll bounce back. But I think Taylor (Moton) will do a great job stepping up."

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Update: "He's being evaluated," Panthers head coach Rivera said. "They'll send him up to Charlotte where he can be closely looked at, and we'll go from there. I'm not sure. I just know they're going to take him up and evaluate him later today.

"Daryl is a solid young man, and he's a big part of what we do. We'll keep our fingers crossed."