By Matt Bonesteel
July 30 at 4:52 PM
via Washington Post
Carolina Panthers cornerback Ross Cockrell fractured his left tibia and fibula Monday after colliding with wide receiver Torrey Smith during a training-camp practice.
Update: Ross Cockrell will undergo surgery after fracturing his left tibia and fibula in this morning’s practice.
Reporters who were present during the collision painted a somewhat gruesome picture of the scene, with the Charlotte Observer’s Jourdan Rodrigue writing that she “could actually hear a bone crack and scream from Cockrell.” The Observer’s Joe Person, meanwhile, reported that Cockrell was yelling “my leg is broke” while writhing in pain on the ground.
Coach Ron Rivera ended the team’s practice in the wake of Cockrell’s injury.
Rivera did not have specifics on Cockrell’s injury when he talked to reporters after practice, merely saying his left foot got caught under Smith as the wide receiver went to the ground to make a catch in the end zone. But later Monday, the team reported Cockrell would have surgery on his broken left leg.
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