All-Pro Punter Johnny Hekker is also an All-Pro teammate at Panthers training camp.


SPARTANBURG, S.C. โ€”ย  The Carolina Panthers signed an All-Pro punter this past offseason. It seems Johnny Hekker is also an All-Pro teammate.

During the next to last day of training camp, Jacob Tuioti-Mariner went down with a knee injury. The Panthers defensive end was in apparent pain. While the teamโ€™s athletic trainers were helping him up, Hekker jogged over from the other side of the field.

The Panthers punter leaned over to say a prayer for his injured teammate before he was carted off of the practice field.ย  WCCB Charlotteโ€™s Kelli Bartik captured the moment between the two players and posted the video on Twitter.

Panthers tight end Ian Thomas was also carted off after taking a hard hit to his ribs, while wide receiver C.J. Saunders dealt with a strained muscle in his leg.

Head coach Matt Rhule did not have any immediate updates after Tuesdayโ€™s practice in Spartanburg.

The Panthers will hold one final practice at Wofford College on Wednesday morning before wrapping up training camp in Spartanburg.


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