Panthers C Ryan Kalil, LB Shaq Thompson both having MRIs on Monday

The Carolina Panthers are hoping for good news regarding injuries to key pieces of their offense and defense. Center Ryan Kalil and linebacker Shaq Thompson were both set to have MRIs on injuries they sustained this past Sunday. The results of the tests will decide if either of them, or both, are forced to miss a significant amount of time.

As we reported on Sunday, both Kalil and Thompson left Carolina’s 30-20 victory over the Atlanta Falcons early on Sunday with injuries. Kalil left midway through the second quarter with a right shoulder issue and Thompson suffered an injury to his left knee early in the same period.

Neither player was available to the media after the contest, but head coach Ron Rivera did offer a minor update.

“The first thing I was told (is that Kalil) sprained his shoulder, so that’s all I have on that,” Rivera said. “The other one is Shaq Thompson and I was told he sprained his knee. … We’ll find out once they see the doctors.”

Ultimately the severity of the injuries will be revealed by Monday’s MRIs, so the Panthers will be hoping for good news. They currently sit at 2-5 and are three games behind the NFC South leading Atlanta Falcons, with Atlanta holding the tiebreaker from a 48-33 Falcons victory earlier this month. So they will need everyone healthy to make the second-half run this season.

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