However, Panthers’ head coach Ron Rivera isn’t thinking about the ending, but rather, the injury to his star defensive end, Charles Johnson. On Tuesday, Johnson was diagnosed with a sprained MCL.
During the third quarter, Patriots’ tackle Marcus Cannon appeared to leg whip Johnson, causing the injury. According to ESPN.com’s Ed Werder, the league is currently reviewing the play.
“That’s a disappointing play,” Rivera told David Newton of ESPN.com. “I’m pretty adamant about it. It happened to me when I played. I actually fractured my leg and sprained my interior cruciate. Whenever I see one of those, it really disappoints me.”
“I know the league is aware of it, mostly because everybody in America saw it last night, so the league will handle that situation. It’s a personal thing for me,” Rivera added.
The Panthers will be in Miami to take on the Dolphins Sunday at 1:00 pm EST.