Stanford grad Tyler Gaffney suffered a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee on Friday and will miss his first professional season with the Carolina Panthers.
"It's disappointing because the young man is a solid football player," Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera told ESPN. "He has a history of being a workhorse. Unfortunately, in practice he got his knee in a bad position and something popped."
Gaffney had 330 carries for 1,709 yards last season at Stanford. In 486 carries in college he never had an injury.
"It was on a running play," Rivera said. "He ran a sweep coming out to our offensive left. He made a really nice cut. It was a bump and a little bit of a turn on the knee and he said he felt it pop."
He showed up at Wofford's Gibb's Stadium on Saturday night on crutches and in street clothes.
"We are a little bit thin," Rivera said. "We're going to find somebody to come in and replace him and give him an opportunity to have another body to compete for a position on this team."
Gaffney returned to Stanford for his senior season after missing a year playing professional baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization and helped lead the Cardinal to the Rose Bowl.
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