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Panthers lose their rookie running back for the year with knee injury

The sixth-round pick of the Carolina Panthers suffered a knee injury that requires surgery and will miss the season, coach Ron Rivera announced Saturday.

The former Stanford back was expected to add youth to a veteran backfield. Gaffney (5-foot-11, 220) impressed in his senior season, rushing for 1,709 yards and 21 TDs.

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