Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback Matt Corral suffered a “significant” Lisfranc injury in Carolina 20-10 preseason defeat New England Patriots on Friday, head coach Matt Rule announced Saturday.
A Lisfranc injury is a type of injury to the bones and/or ligaments in the midfoot.
It’s a potentially terminal injury for the Ole Miss product, who joined the Panthers in the third round (No. 94 overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft.
“I hate it for him. I hate any time one of our guys gets hurt,” Rule said. “I thought he played well as well… I know Matt is a fighting man, so this development year he’s going to have to work on taking care of his leg and all the things he needs to do as a defender.
“Hopefully one day he’ll look back and say it was a blessing, but right now I hate it for him.”
Before Friday’s injury, Corral completed nine of 15 passes for 58 yards.
Corral suffered an injury when his left foot was stepped on during Friday’s game, prompting him to undergo X-rays. According to reports, after the competition, he was spotted leaving the locker room wearing his shoes.
In Corral’s preseason debut the week before, he went 1-9 for 11 yards as the fourth and final quarterback to take the field in Carolina’s 23-21 win over Washington.
In 2020, Corral completed nearly 71% of his passes for 3,337 yards and 29 touchdowns as a sophomore at Ole Miss. He finished the season by leading the Rebels to an upset win over No. 7 Indiana in the Outback Bowl.
He followed that up with a 3,349-yard season in 2021, punching Ole Miss’ ticket to the Sugar Bowl, where Corral suffered a right leg injury that sidelined him for the rest of the game.
Dealing with injuries is nothing new for Corral, but the Panthers will likely look to get the 23-year-old back as soon as possible given the uncertain quarterback situation unfolding in Carolina.
Ruhl said the team is “exploring options” and “options with the best doctors around the country.”
Corral wasn’t the only Panther to go Friday. Three players — linebacker Amare Barno (hamstring), running back Spencer Brown (ankle) and linebacker Justin Burris (ribs) — were unable to return to the game after suffering various injuries.
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