Panthers' Short to have season-ending surgery

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short, a two-time Pro Bowler, will have season-ending shoulder surgery for the second straight season, coach Matt Rhule said Wednesday.

The 31-year-old suffered the injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s win at Atlanta when he hit quarterback Matt Ryan. It was Carolina’s third straight win after an 0-2 start.

Short will be replaced on Sunday against the Chicago Bears by Zach Kerr, who started two games this season when Short was out with a foot injury.

Short missed the final 14 games last season after suffering a partially torn rotator cuff in Week 2 against Tampa Bay. Rhule 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 sacks during a three-year span. He has since had only three sacks, all in 2018, when he started 14 games.

The injury will put added pressure on rookie first-round draft pick Derrick Brown, a former Auburn player picked seventh overall.

Rhule said the Panthers likely won’t be in the market for another starting tackle, noting they could use a three-man rotation

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