Report: Panthers' Cockrell carted off with leg injury

Washington Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder (80) runs after a catch as former New York Giants defensive back Ross Cockrell (37) chases during the second half at FedEx Field on Nov. 23.Photo: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

Cockrell was carted off the field after sustaining a left leg injury during Monday's practice.

Carolina Panthers cornerback Ross Cockrell was carted off the field after sustaining a left leg injury during Monday's practice.

Cockrell was injured after colliding with wide receiver Torrey Smith during a drill. Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reported that Cockrell was screaming "my leg is broke" before being carted off.

Per Person, Panthers coach Ron Rivera ended practice after Cockrell was carted off the field.

The injury marked the second time a Panthers player had been carted off in three days. Starting right tackle Daryl Williams dislocated his right patella and tore the medial collateral ligament in his right knee Saturday.

Signed to a two-year, $6.8 million deal in the offseason, Cockrell was expected to compete for a starting job opposite of James Bradberry. Rookie Donte Jackson, Corn Elder and Lorenzo Doss, among others, are also on the roster.

Cockrell joined his third team in as many seasons and fourth in his career after spending 2017 with the New York Giants. He had a career-high three interceptions and team-leading 11 passes defensed to go along with 49 tackles last season.

The 26-year-old Cockrell has recorded 153 tackles and five interceptions in 53 career games with the Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers and Giants since being selected by Buffalo in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

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The team announced that Cockrell will undergo surgery after fracturing his left tibia and fibula. A timetable for his return was not released.

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"Ross was doing some really good things," Rivera said, per ESPN. "He's a wily veteran and a guy that has really done some really good things since he's been here. It's one of those things you have a guy who is going to contribute. It's a tough one because he's such a good person, too."

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NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Cockrell sustained a broken leg.