Carolina Panthers lose punter Palardy to torn ACL

Carolina Panthers helmet (Photo: Ed Clemente / MGN)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have lost veteran punter Michael Palardy for the season.

The team placed Palardy on the reserve/non-football injury list after he tore his left ACL this offseason. Palardy had hoped to play through the injury, but the team decided he needed surgery.

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The injury explains why the Panthers signed undrafted rookie Joseph Charlton to handle punting duties last week.