Panthers LT Gross breaks right ankle vs. Falcons

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers left tackle Jordan Gross broke his right ankle during a 28-19 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Gross was blocking midway through the second quarter when a Falcons player fell into his leg, which bent awkwardly. The medical staff put a brace on Gross' leg and ankle before he was carted to the locker room.

Panthers coach John Fox said after the game that doctors told him Gross' ankle was broken, leaving the team without the anchor of its offensive line indefinitely.

Travelle Wharton moved from left guard to Gross' spot, and Mackenzy Bernadeau replaced Wharton.

Gross, who signed a six-year, $60 million contract with the Panthers during the offseason after reaching his first Pro Bowl, has missed only one game in his seven-year NFL career.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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