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    practice Monday at the team’s training camp at Wofford College.The team said Cockrell will need surgery , but has not said if he is expected to miss the remainder of the season.It is the second severe injury in three days for the Panthers, a team that went 11-5 last season and earned a wild-card spot.Carolina lost starting right tackle Daryl Williams on Saturday to a dislocated patella and torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee. The Panthers have not said if Williams will have surgery or if he will try to recover without it.Cockrell was injured when he collided with wide receiver Torrey Smith in the end zone while trying to break up a pass.Several teammates openly grimaced and quickly looked away after checking on Cockrell, clearly distraught at the sight of his leg. Several players began helping him onto the cart and tapped him on the shoulder pads while others took a knee and prayed before he left on a cart.Panthers coach Ron Rivera ended the practice session immediately after Cockrell’s injury.”Ross was doing some really good things,” Rivera said after practice, before it was announced the leg was broken.”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.”Cockrell signed a two-year, $6.8 million free agent contract this offseason and was expected to compete for a starting spot opposite James Bradberry. Now the Panthers are expected to turn to either rookie Donte Jackson or Kevon Seymour.Cockrell could be heard screaming “leg is broke” after the collision.”To hear a grown man scream Youth Ian Thomas Jersey , you know it’s not good,” Jackson said.Are you afraid of the Eagles? I don’t see any reason to believe that the Panthers can’t secure a win against all of our remaining opponents, though surely they will lose a few. When thinking about which game I fear the most, like last year, I think about the Philadelphia Eagles. The main concern by then will be a healthy Carson Wentz. Assuming he continues to play without setbacks, he’ll be in a groove by week seven and the fact he missed all that preseason time will no longer be relevant. Any rust to shake off will have been shook. Wentz was amazing in 2017 and there is no reason to think he won’t duplicate that success this year. The Panthers’ corners will have to continue their current level of good play, and the pass rush will have to hold up its end of the bargain to get Wentz off his spot.The second reason I’m worried is the Fletcher Cox effect. Even with the offensive line playing well right now —having successfully neutralized Geno Atkins in Week 3— the Panthers will be in trouble. A better interior line than this one (that featured Andrew Norwell last year) could not stop Cox. Pressure in Cam Newton’s face has proven to be far more detrimental in the past than edge pressure. That isn’t even accounting for all of the Eagles’ talent on the edge of their defensive line.The final reason I don’t like this matchup is the presence of a talented and involved tight end. Zach Ertz is a big part of the Eagles’ offense Authentic Ryan Kalil Jersey , and so far this year the Panthers have struggled to defend other tight ends like Austin Hooper in Atlanta and Tyler Eifert in Cincinnati. Ertz is a step above those two. The Panthers will need to focus a lot of attention on him to neutralize that threat.However, despite the reasons above I fully believe this Carolina Panthers team is capable of winning against anyone. If both sides of the ball play up to standard, they can win, but it will definitely be a tight contest to the end.

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