Carolina Panthers defensive end Marquis Haynes was riding high coming back into Spartanburg, S.C. this week. But now, he’s coming down for a temporary landing.
Haynes caught the eyes many a reporter on Thursday when he showed up to joint practice with a sling holding up his right arm. The fourth-year pass rusher had just come off a destructive performance in Indianapolis, one where he chalked up multiple quarterback hits and a strip-sack over just 31 snaps.
Marquis Haynes in not only a red jersey but a sling this morning. pic.twitter.com/2Kp0gx6gx3
— Josh Klein (@joshkleinrules) August 19, 2021
Head coach Matt Rhule spoke after practice and said Haynes could be out of action for the next week or two to nurse a shoulder injury. That’ll likely end Haynes’ preseason as he and the team will err on the side of caution to get healthy for Week 1.
Wide receiver DJ Moore also turned heads when he went down with a back injury. The budding star was slow to get up after taking a fall on his right side in the end zone of seven-on-seven drills, but should be fine moving forward.
“DJ got hit yesterday in the back and went down,” Rhule said. “DJ’s an absolute warrior. Like, a lot of guys would say ‘Hey, Coach, I can’t go today.’ He came out here, he warmed up, he went and he got hit. Just tightened up on him.”
While Rhule commended Moore’s toughness, he opted to take the safe route on him as well, shutting down his day and preventing any further aggravation.
Additionally, in two key updates from yesterday, fellow wideout Robby Anderson stuck to the exercise bike for a second straight day due to his hamstring issue and linebacker Denzel Perryman (lower-body injury) participated in individual drills. Rhule, at least as far as Anderson goes, does not believe the injury is a “major” one.
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