Oct 7, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kealoha Pilares (81) returns a kickoff during the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers kicker returner Kealoha Pilares has a torn ACL


Earlier today we learned that the Carolina Panthers released Kealoha Pilares, which was a bit odd considering he was actively participating for a roster spot.

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:

#Panthers KR Kealoha Pilares tore his ACL vs. #Ravens, which is why he was waived/injured earlier today.

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.

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