Cam Newton will get to celebrate the return of Kelvin Benjamin – who may be his primary receiver in 2014.
After missing five days of practice due to a left knee injury, Panthers rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin returned to practice early on Saturday.
Benjamin, who the team drafted 28th overall in the 2014 NFL draft, suffered a bone bruise during a practice this past Sunday and had an MRI done on Monday, which revealed no significant damage to the knee. According to the Associated Press, Benjamin wore a compression sleeve on his left leg but didn’t appear to have any trouble moving and running routes.
Benjamin is projected to be the starter for the Panthers alongside veteran WR Jerricho Cotchery, who the Panthers signed in free agency after a career year in Pittsburgh.
As a redshirt sophomore for the Florida State Seminoles, Benjamin caught 54 passes for 1,011 yards and 15 touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown against Auburn in the BCS National Championship Game.