Now we know why.
Pilares was injured during the Panthers most recent game against the Baltimore Ravens, though the extent of the injury wasn’t known. Today it is – and it’s of the devastating type. Pilares suffered a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season, which won’t obviously be with the Panthers who released him as stated above.
Per Joe Person:
Pilares hasn’t played a big role on offense for the Panthers the past two seasons, though, did take over primary kick returning duties in 2011 where he had a 101 yard return and nearly cashed in 600 return yards in 12 games.
Last year he saw his first action as a wide receiver, though it was limited, grabbing just two catches for 42 yards in 8 games.