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July 29, 2014

Still no timeline for Benjamin's return, but he's staying involved

There’s still no definitive timeline for Kelvin Benjamin’s return to practice, but Tuesday he was back in Spartanburg working on the side and staying involved in the offense.

Benjamin, who suffered a bone bruise to his left knee in Sunday’s practice, had a compression sleeve on his left leg. He rode the exercise bike early in practice, and later he could be found standing beside quarterback Cam Newton, quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey and/or behind the line of scrimmage watching during installation periods.

“What we're going to do is continue what he did today,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “He'll do stuff on the bike. He'll do a lot of non weight-bearing things on the knee. We'll do those types of things with him.”

The Panthers will travel back to Charlotte Tuesday night and will return to Wofford’s campus on Wednesday night. Rivera said the team will re-evaluate Benjamin on Wednesday morning in Charlotte.

Rivera believed the injury came from Benjamin bumping knees with cornerback Charles Godfrey on a route, but Benjamin clarified the injury came from his own body weight after he went to the ground on a catch in Sunday's practice.


"I made the catch and all my body weight just came down on my knee," Benjamin said. "So my kneecap hit the back of the bone."

He continued to practice but felt soreness in the knee later. He was sent to Charlotte for an MRI on Monday.

Rivera has been hesitant to put a timetable on Benjamin’s return to the field. He expects it to be measured in days rather than weeks, but the swelling in Benjamin’s knee must go down before the team begins to work him back in, and that may not be for another few days.

Benjamin said he's listening to what the trainers tell him. He expects to play in preseason games.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on July 29, 2014 at 12:30 PM | Permalink


Release the Kraken!!!!! Arrrrggggggg!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Jul 29, 2014 1:40:51 PM

gettleman is such a genius. dismantle a playoff team and IR a guy before it's necessary.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 29, 2014 2:06:25 PM

Cammy Cam juice will be out soon. Charlottean you need a BOGO coupon to put a smile on your face. Keep pounding!!!

Posted by: Cameron Newton | Jul 29, 2014 4:27:10 PM

No more of a genius then your personal hero, Marty Hurney, who dismantled this team financially Charlottean.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Jul 29, 2014 6:13:49 PM

marty didn't cut smith, beason, or anderson. and that's the dead money we're sitting on right now.

marty also built last year's team. but yeah......let's put our faith in gettleman and bash the guy that did better. grass is not greener.

5 million in cap space going to the guy starting for the ravens. 8 going to the captain of the giants defense. can't win with a 13+++ million dollar hand tied behind your back.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 29, 2014 9:48:34 PM

Give it a break D.W.G. Charlottean I support your comments. Gettleman is making to many mistakes.

Posted by: Marty H | Jul 30, 2014 8:52:27 AM

Cant wait to see Benjamin on game days!

Posted by: Luigi | Jul 30, 2014 9:35:25 AM

Guys, KB will be alright. He has been drinking Cammy Cam juice for the last 3 weeks. It will be open to the public soon. Anyone want a BOGO coupon?

Posted by: Cameron Newton | Jul 31, 2014 11:28:32 AM

Mr Newton, thank you for the BOGO coupon. May I have another? Can you also remind Mr Rivera to check out my combine youtube video?

Posted by: John Downing | Jul 31, 2014 1:51:11 PM

If Benjamin is indeed slated to be a starting WR in '14, then the longer the injury lingers the more it eats into his NFL learning curve.

Posted by: Berdj J. Rassam | Jul 31, 2014 8:54:24 PM

charlottean = marty hurney.

i'm not sure why there are still a few people on these boards that don't know that yet.

Posted by: Fred | Aug 1, 2014 9:51:45 AM

hilarious. i just appreciate the fact that the guy did a solid job and he got canned for a guy that has done nothing but questionable things in the last year. his first 3-4 months on the job, he did a lot of good stuff but it has been downhill since.

hurney built a contender....went through rebuilding.......and what do you know......built another. there are franchises that have never in their history gone as far as the panthers did during hurney's tenure of.....11 or 12 years or whatever it was.

i only bring it back up all the time because every time someone points to how we are disadvantaged they blame him, when he didn't do any of the things that have us disadvantaged right now - yet he DID do most of the things that have us in a good position right now.

we just have dumb fans who don't realize that the nfl is built for all the teams to hover around 8-8 on average. the top 2-3 quarterbacks exceed that, the teams with good quarterbacks maintain it and the teams that are unable to find a quarterback fall below it.

under hurney the panthers were 86-90 without one of those top 3 quarterbacks and with the team coming out of a rebuild when he took over and coming out of a rebuild when he got canned. if you included last year's team where almost all of the starters and key players were his guys..... it's 98-94.

either way he delivered the statistically expected result. teams like new england/green bay/pittsburgh/indy beat that mark during that time frame. and teams like jacksonville, miami, cleveland, cincinatti, oakland......didn't come close.

the grass is not always greener and in this case, it just isn't. hate me for pointing out the truth, but the guy dismantled a playoff team for the sake of his own ego and is carrying 13 million in dead weight that comprises of 2 guys that SHOULD have been in our starting lineup. instead we are paying them to start for better franchises.

and getting a draft pick swiped for the SECOND time in his career is not a good look. 1 time would be bad enough, but twice? by the same team? the guy isn't smart. simple as that.

hurney was no genius by any stretch, but he was better than this guy.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 1, 2014 11:09:06 AM

I think the Panthers will go 8-8. Fred leave Charlottean alone.

Posted by: Dumb Fan | Aug 1, 2014 12:18:26 PM

i think it's too early to say Hurney was better. he may be, lets hope and pray he's not, but only time will tell.

i'll give you Smith would be starting here but no chance Beason would be. as he's proven on the field, Beason is a total waste when not at MLB. he's just not good on the outside.

and i just don't see the success with the draft that you do. look at Hurney drafts 2009, 2010, 2011. exactly TWO of those players have had great careers (i'm not including Captain, sorry). 2 out of 25 picks, or we could argue 3 of 25. max 1 out of 8 picks. that's just not good man.

Posted by: Fred | Aug 1, 2014 1:38:33 PM

you are right that it is too early....but it's been a bad year from the beason trade onward.

beason is the captain of the giants defense and had a helluva year last year. how on earth would he not be starting over blackburn or klein? even if you don't think he should start.....we didn't save any money on the cap by trading him. would it not be smarter to eat a roster spot and have a pro bowl caliber backup in case of injury and keep another NFC team from getting stronger on a weak trade? we got NO VALUE in return. oh wait....we got tyler gaffney. oh wait....

the guy was a pro bowl OLB, too. you don't give those guys away unless they can't play anymore and/or you save money. neither was the case. and we didn't get anything in return for either.

as for the draft....you're cherry picking here...
2009 and 10 he didn't have first rounders (1 for everette brown - bad, 1 for otah - really good when healthy, never healthy). yet he still landed munnerlyn (starting for minny), fiammetta (starting for chicago), hardy (starting for us), lafell (starting for patriots), that cam newton guy, etc. he nailed 1st and late round picks. he missed in the middle and reached for guys in the 2nd.

edwards and clausen are at least on the bears roster for the time being although I expect both to get cut, pugh on the saints, mclain, sanford, irvin all played last year and are in camp with someone this year, even everette brown played for dallas last year and just got picked up by washington. none of these guys you write home about, but they weren't bad picks for being later rounds (not talking about brown or edwards - clausen wasn't bad value for mid 2nd on a guy who a lot of people had first round and we needed a QB. nobody better went later)

some of the guys that didn't really work out in those drafts - you could speculate that it had something to do with the gm change.

but the draft is a crap shoot and his track record was better than most. back to back rookie of the years yet his drafts are weak to you?

again.....86-90 is par for the course. and that includes inheriting 1-15 from siefert and 2-14 on an intentional rebuild in the uncapped year in 2010. which got us cam. any success gettleman has is because he was handed cam and keuchly to start with. and kalil and davis and williams and olsen and tolbert and bell and silatolu and hardy and johnson etc. etc. etc.

only reason they weren't a playoff team in 2012 was coaching.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 1, 2014 5:21:06 PM

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