CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – Carolina Panthers defensive wrestler Cavan Short, a two-time professional bowler, will have shoulder surgery by the end of the season, coach Matt Rule said on Wednesday.
The 31-year-old suffered an injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s win in Atlanta when he hit quarterback Matt Ryan. This was Carolina’s third consecutive victory after a 0-2 start.
Short will be replaced on Sunday against the Chicago Bears by Zack Kerr, who started two games this season when Short was out with a leg injury.
Short missed the last 14 games last season after suffering a partially torn rotator cuff in week 2 against Tampa Bay. Rule said it was not the same shoulder.
Short is in the fourth of a five-year, $ 80 million contract he signed in 2017 after having 23.5 bags over a three-year period. Since then, he has only three sacks, all in 2018, when he started 14 games.
The injury will put additional pressure on first-round rookie Derrick Brown, a former Auburn player who is seventh overall.
Rule said the Panthers are unlikely to be on the market for the next launcher, noting that they could use a three-person rotation, as in recent weeks, with the final Efe Obada having the flexibility to move inside.
Christian McCauffrey, meanwhile, was out of practice, although he was allowed to return from injury after missing three high-ankle sprains. Roulette said McCaffrey “will not be activated from now on”, which makes him doubt he will return against the bears.