Carolina Panthers have been handed yet another injury setback as they lost their starting cornerback Donte Jackson for the remainder of the season to a groin ailment. Jackson was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.

However, it is yet to be determined if Jackson, who is due to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason, will need surgery. 

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In Carolina’s 33-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Jackson was hurt. With 61 tackles and two interceptions, he was having another good season. Over the previous four seasons, he has the most interceptions of any player in the 2018 NFL draught class.

Carolina has a lot of depth at cornerback, with players like Stephon Gilmore, C.J. Henderson, AJ Bouye, and Keith Taylor still on the roster.

Meanwhile, earlier on Monday, the Panthers also lost their star running back Christian McCaffrey for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury.  

An MRI determined McCaffrey’s injury was significant enough to place him on injured reserve. Because of his expected rehabilitation time and the fact that this is his second stint on IR, McCaffrey will miss Carolina’s last five regular-season games after the bye week.

With a hamstring ailment earlier this season, McCaffrey missed five games.

Last season, he missed 13 games due to different ailments, including seven games due to a high ankle sprain.

After being hurt in the first half of Carolina’s 33-10 defeat to the Miami Dolphins, the 2017 first-round draught selection only played little after that.

Meanwhile, the Panthers activated guard Deonte Brown from the injured reserve to fill Jackson’s roster position. This week, the Panthers (5-7) enjoy a bye.

With inputs from the Associated Press