The Seattle Seahawks beat the Carolina Panthers on Saturday, but they lost a key receiver in the process.
Rookie wideout Paul Richardson was diagnosed with a torn ACL, FOX Sports’ Mike Garafalo reported on Sunday.
The injury is the same one Richardson suffered in college at Colorado.
It is also the same ACL he tore in college.
Richardson started this season slow but became productive at the end of the year, hauling in 13 catches in the team’s final three regular season games.
He had one catch for 21 yards against the Panthers on Saturday and nearly had another big catch on the next play, but he landed awkwardly and hurt his knee.
Richardson walked off the field under his own power and the injury was called a knee sprain last night, but unfortunately it now sounds like the injury is worse than the Seahawks initially thought.
The injury will keep Richardson on the sidelines for at least the rest of this season and the speed of his recovery will depend on if he is healthy and ready to go for training camp in July.
The Seahawks will host the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 12:05 p.m. PT.