This Carolina Panthers There wasn’t a starting cornerback in Saturday’s practice, but don’t expect it to last long.
Coach Matt Ruhler told reporters that CJ Henderson will not play after spraining his ankle in practice Friday. Luer added that Henderson’s absence is not expected to be long-term, and the cornerback could be back sometime next week.
The former first-round corner kicker is entering his third season as a career and his first full season at Carolina. Henderson, traded from Jacksonville early last season, played 10 games for the Panthers in 2021, recording 31 tackles and two defensive passes. Carolina will decide whether to exercise the 2021 No. 9 overall fifth-year pick after the season.
Henderson’s injury comes just days after Carolina activated their 2021 first-round corner kick Jesse Horn from a physically incapable roster.
Elsewhere on the injury front, Panthers defensive lineman Marquis Haynes missed Saturday with an apparent leg injury that sent him off the field. Ruhr did not update Haynes’ status after practice.