SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Panthers starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei will miss a “few weeks” of action after being diagnosed with a right foot injury.
Lotulelei was carted off the practice field Monday at Wofford College.
“Star has a stress reaction in his foot,” Panthers head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said in a release. “We are going to be cautious. He is in a walking boot and we will reevaluate his foot in a few weeks.”
A stress reaction is generally considered the early stages of a stress fracture.
It’s the same foot that Lotulelei fractured in January, preventing him from playing in the team’s NFC divisional playoff game against Seattle.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said after practice the 2013 first-round draft pick had been experiencing soreness in the ankle. Rivera said Lotulelei was taken to the locker room as a precautionary measure.
Dr. Robert Anderson, who was on hand at training camp, examined Lotulelei after practice.
Rivera said “it just started to get sore, so doc just felt it would be better to take (him) in. We might be being overly protective about it.”
The 6-foot-2, 311-pound Lotulelei is considered a space eater in the middle of Carolina’s defensive line. He had 27 tackles and two sacks last season.
Carolina’s other starting defensive tackle, Kawann Short, is out with a sore back, but Rivera said he is expected to return to action soon.
REESE SPEAKS WITH INJURED PIERRE-PAUL: In East Rutherford, N.J., the New York Giants finally have spoken with defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul about his injuries.
Giants General Manager Jerry Reese said Monday morning in a radio interview that “it was a personal conversation, and I want to keep it private between him and I.”
Reese added the Giants are not annoyed about their inability to communicate with Pierre-Paul since he was injured in a fireworks accident July 4 in Florida. The team has not released details of the injuries suffered by Pierre-Paul in part because it has not been given the opportunity to physically examine him.
Reese said on WFAN in New York that he also has spoken to Pierre-Paul’s agent. Pierre-Paul has yet to sign his franchise tag tender, worth $14.8 million for 2015.
COLQUITT TAKES A $1.4 MILLION PAY CUT: In Englewood, Colo., two years after becoming the league’s highest-paid punter, Britton Colquitt has increased his chances of making Denver’s roster by agreeing to a $1.4 million pay cut.
Colquitt now will make $1.6 million this season after Monday’s agreement. His 2016 salary of $3.25 million remains untouched.
Colquitt signed a three-year, $11.7 million extension in 2013, but his production slipped last year.
In the offseason, the Broncos brought in kicker/punter Karl Schmitz, a strong-legged 28-year-old from Jacksonville University who hasn’t played since 2008.
Colquitt is the second Broncos veteran to take a pay cut this year. Peyton Manning agreed to a $4 million reduction in his salary, to $15 million. He can earn that back if the Broncos win the Super Bowl.
KROMER GRATEFUL TO REJOIN TEAM: In Pittsford, N.Y., Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer was excited to finally join the team at training camp, and grateful to the organization for allowing him to keep his job.
Kromer spoke for only 48 seconds and did not take any questions shortly before the Bills opened practice Monday night. It was Kromer’s first time back with the team since being placed on paid leave on July 14, two days after he was arrested and charged with battery for punching a boy in the face in Florida.
The charges were dropped on Friday, and Kromer, a former Saints assistant coach, was reinstated by the Bills on Sunday. Though Kromer retained his job, the Bills suspended him without pay for the first six games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
“I’m sure everybody wants to hear about what happened over the last couple of weeks, and I’m not at liberty to talk about it,” Kromer said. “All I can say right now is that I’m excited about being back here working with the talent that we have on the offensive line and making them the best they can be this training camp, and getting them ready for the season.”
SOURCE SAYS SANDERS FACES 10-GAME BAN: In Jacksonville, Fla., former Jacksonville receiver Ace Sanders, a fourth-round draft pick in 2013, is facing a 10-game suspension for another violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Sanders was cut last month following another failed drug test. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity.
because the team and the league did not announce Sanders’ failed test or pending suspension. ESPN first reported the 10-game ban, which would be enforced if Sanders signs with another team.
Sanders missed the first four games of the 2014 season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. He caught 51 passes as a rookie, but was less of a factor last season with only six catches.
LONG TEARS ACL AGAIN: In Philadelphia, Eagles linebacker Travis Long tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee for the second straight year.
Long was injured in practice Monday on the second day of training camp. The second-year pro missed last season after injuring his ACL in the final preseason game.
Long tore his right ACL during his senior year at Washington State in 2012. The Eagles signed him as a rookie free agent in 2013 and he spent his first season on the practice squad.