Byrd is undergoing knee surgery that will sideline him until training camp, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.
Byrd only played in one game for the the Panthers last season, recording one reception for 16 yards. While conditioning on his own this offseason, the 24-year-old injured his left knee. Head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said, "We saw him for treatment, but he continued to experience pain and swelling. An MRI revealed he has torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, and Dr. Connor will perform a scope on his left knee. We will modify our conditioning program, and he's projected to be ready to go later in the offseason." Look for more updates on the wideout's status to come as training camp nears.
Byrd's only appearance this season came in Carolina's Week 17 loss to the Buccaneers, when he caught his lone target for 16 yards.
Byrd, an undrafted rookie from South Carolina, was demoted to the Panthers practice squad after being inactive for the first five weeks of this season. While he was ultimately able to make one regular season appearance, Byrd will need to compete for a roster spot in 2017.
Byrd was promoted to the active roster Thursday.
After placing Devin Funchess (knee) on injured reserve, the Panthers brought in Byrd as an emergency depth replacement for Week 17's tilt with the Buccaneers. Byrd was an inactive through the first five weeks of the season, but then spent the rest of the season on the Panthers' practice squad. Look for him to play a limited role Sunday as he'll compete for reps behind Philly Brown and Brenton Bersin.
Byrd is the fifth receiver on the Panthers' depth chart, so he'll likely remain inactive most weeks unless one of the wideouts above him in the pecking order misses time with an injury.
Byrd and fellow wide receiver Brenton Bersin likely landed two of the final spots on the Panthers' 53-man roster. With both sitting out Thursday, Cam Newton will have just four wideouts at his disposal in the season opener.
|P3||8/24/17||@ JAC||7:30 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ SF||4:25 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/26/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ ATL||1:00 pm|