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Draft Scout Star Lotulelei News
08/26/15 - DT Star Lotulelei made his first appearance on the practice field since he suffered a stress reaction during the first week of camp. Lotulelei rode an exercise bike without the boot he had been wearing on his foot.
08/25/15 - DT Star Lotulelei, who suffered a stress reaction in his foot during the first week of camp, remains in a walking boot. The Panthers remain hopeful he'll be ready to play in the opener.
08/03/15 - The diagnosis on Panthers DT Star Lotulelei wasn't great, but it could have been worse.
Seven hours after he was carted off the practice field, the team announced Monday night that Lotulelei has a stress reaction in his right foot.
"We are going to be cautious. He is in a walking boot and we will re-evaluate his foot in a few weeks," head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said in a statement.
A stress fracture generally keeps players out 4-6 weeks. A stress reaction is less severe, so Lotulelei has a good chance to make it back in time for the season opener 41 days from Monday in Jacksonville.
Because Lotulelei broke a bone in the same foot in January, so the initial concern was Carolina's vital run-stuffer suffered a similar injury. It didn't look promising when he later limped into the Wofford student center wearing a walking boot.
But Lotulelei spent the next 45 minutes chatting and joking with teammates while team trainers and doctors huddled to evaluate his latest setback.
"It just started to get sore, and so (team doctor Robert Anderson) decided it'd be better to take him in," head coach Ron Rivera said moments after practice ended. "Hopefully, it'll be good news, and we're being very optimistic about it. We might be a bit overly protective, and hopefully that's exactly what it is."
01/08/15 - DT Star Lotulelei will miss Saturday's divisional playoff game in Seattle with a broken bone in his foot.
The injury occurred late in Tuesday's practice when Lotulelei stepped on a teammate's foot. Lotulelei had surgery Wednesday morning, and there is a chance he could return if the Panthers advance to the Super Bowl. But to do that, they have to beat the Seahawks, and either the Packers or Cowboys in the NFC Championship, without their 2013 first-round draft pick.
"It's a (big) loss, but we're very fortunate because of our defensive line situation. We feel very confident about the guys that are going to step up and get opportunities to play," Rivera said.
12/29/14 - DT Star Lotulelei picked up his first two sacks of the season. He also had at least three other QB hits.