posted on Oct, 25 2004 @ 05:31 PM
The Carolina Panthers lost any hope of DeShaun Foster playing again this season when it was determined Monday the running back needs surgery on his
Foster was expected to miss six to 10 weeks after he was injured in an Oct. 10 loss to Denver.
"The way it was healing - it's a medical term and it's not doing a certain thing - we are going to do the surgery and get it fixed," coach John Fox
said Monday. "We knew we were going to lose him for a significant period of time, but if we could have held off the roster spot we would have."
Foster, who missed his entire rookie season with a knee injury before becoming an outstanding backup to Stephen Davis last year, was placed on injured
The Panthers are critically short at running back. Davis missed his fourth game of the season Sunday with a knee injury and No. 3 back Rod Smart is
also out with a knee problem.
Fullback Brad Hoover started Sunday against San Diego, running for 99 yards on a career-tying 24 carries.
Fox said the Panthers expected to fill Foster's spot on the roster with another running back. The team has worked out a several veteran backs,
including Skip Hicks and Stacey Mack.
Carolina (1-5) has been decimated by injuries this season. Aside from the running backs, wide receiver Steve Smith is out with a broken leg, All-Pro
defensive tackle Kris Jenkins is out with a shoulder injury and linebacker Mark Fields missed two games with back spasms.