WR Hackett to miss at least one contest

The HeraldOctober 8, 2008 

CHARLOTTE -- Carolina Panthers wide receiver D.J. Hackett will miss this week's game, and perhaps several more, after suffering a sprained medial collateral ligament in last week's win over Kansas City.

The wide receiver was hurt on the game's opening kickoff after he was pressed into special teams duties. His knee went out on him, causing him to fall awkwardly into Chiefs safety DaJuan Morgan, drawing a penalty for a low block in the process.

His agent, Kevin Robinson, said Tuesday that Hackett wasn't sure about the length of his absence, but that this week was out.

Left guard Travelle Wharton suffered a sprained MCL in the opener and was back after missing just two games. Linemen don't have the lateral mobility demands of receivers, so it could be longer.

Hackett has 10 catches for 131 yards in his first four games. Brought to the Panthers on a two-year, $3.5 million deal, he's looked good when he's been out there, but he's been limited. He's playing roughly 10 percent of the team's snaps most weeks as they use more two-tight-end packages than three-wide.

He'll likely be replaced this week by Dwayne Jarrett, who's been inactive since Steve Smith's return. The second-round pick caught two passes for 36 yards during the first two games in which Smith was suspended.

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