Panthers lose starting CB Donte Jackson for the season

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Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) scores a touchdown past Carolina Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson (26), and middle linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr. (4) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have lost starting cornerback Donte Jackson for the remainder of the season to a groin injury.

Jackson was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

It has yet to be determined if Jackson, who is due to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason, will need surgery.

The news on Jackson comes one day after the Panthers announced that running back Christian McCaffrey will miss the remainder of the season with an ankle injury.

Jackson was injured in Carolina’s 33-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. He was in the midst of another solid season with 61 tackles and two interceptions. His 12 interceptions over the past four seasons are the most of any player selected in the 2018 NFL draft class.

Cornerback is one of Carolina’s deepest positions and the team still has Stephon Gilmore, C.J. Henderson, AJ. Bouye and Keith Taylor on the roster.

The Panthers filled Jackson’s roster spot by activating guard Deonte Brown from injured reserve.

The Panthers (5-7) have a bye this week.

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