On Friday, the Carolina Panthers received heartbreaking injury news. Donte Jackson, an emerging defensive back, tore his Achilles during Carolina's 25-15 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
The Panthers' victory on Thursday night comes with a hefty price tag. Jackson will now miss the rest of the 2022 season. Ian Rapoport, an NFL insider, tweeted,
"Panthers star cornerback Donte Jackson tore his Achilles, a source confirmed after an MRI. A difficult finish for Jackson in 2022." Jackson had performed admirably up until his accident.
This season, he started all nine games for the Panthers. Two interceptions, one score, three passes defended, and 35 total tackles were recorded by him. Following
a season in which he had two interceptions, 10 passes defended, one forced fumble, and 61 total tackles, the former LSU cornerback was released. If there is any good news,
it is that Jackson will be on the club again next season. Jackson is under contract until 2024 and will earn a basic salary of $4.7 million in 2023.
Thursday was a significant night for Carolina. Sadly, the Panthers will be missing a major contributor for the remainder of the season. The squad is now in a state of change
due to the trade of star Christian McCaffrey earlier in the season and the dismissal of head coach Matt Rhule.