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Panthers lose two key defensive backs, including star rookie to injury in Texans game

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What was once considered one of their deepest positions is suddenly becoming thinner for the Panthers.

Safety Juston Burris and rookie cornerback Jaycee Horn both suffered injuries early in the second half of their game against the Texans.

Horn’s injury was a non-contact injury as he back-pedaled on a pass play. He had to be helped off the field by two trainers and did not put any pressure on his right foot.

The Panthers drafted Horn No. 8 overall in the 2021 NFL draft; he was the first defensive player taken. Cornerback A.J. Bouye was eligible to play tonight, but he was not activated for the game.

The Panthers elevated cornerback Rashaan Melvin from the practice squad in Bouye’s place.

This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.

This story was originally published September 23, 2021 10:15 PM.

Jonathan M. Alexander is a native of Charlotte. He began covering the Carolina Panthers for the Observer in July 2020 after working at the N&O for seven years, where he covered a variety of beats, including UNC basketball and football, Duke basketball, recruiting, K-12 schools, public safety and town government.
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