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SPAR­TAN­BURG, S.C. — Panthers corner­back Ross Cock­rell broke his left tibia and fibula dur­ing prac­tice Mon­day at the team’s train­ing camp at Wof­ford Col­lege.

The team said Cock­rell will need surgery, but has not said if he is ex­pected to miss the re­main­der of the sea­son.

It is the sec­ond se­vere in­jury in three days for the Panthers, a team that went 11-5 last sea­son and earned a wild-card spot.

Carolina lost start­ing right tackle Daryl Wil­liams on Satur­day to a dis­lo­cated patella and torn me­dial col­lat­eral lig­a­ment in his right knee. The Panthers have not said if Wil­liams will have surgery or if he will try to re­cover with­out it.

Cock­rell was in­jured when he col­lided with wide re­ceiver Tor­rey Smith in the end zone while try­ing to break up a pass.

Sev­eral team­mates openly gri­maced and quickly looked away af­ter check­ing on Cock­rell, clearly dis­traught at the sight of his leg. Sev­eral play­ers be­gan help­ing him onto the cart and tapped him on the shoul­der pads while oth­ers took a knee and prayed be­fore he left on a cart.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera ended the prac­tice ses­sion im­me­di­ately af­ter Cock­rell’s in­jury.

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