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Carolina Guard Lacina Sprains Foot

September 24, 1998

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Corbin Lacina joined the Carolina Panthers’ growing list of injured players Thursday, spraining his left foot in practice.

Lacina, the starting right guard, left the field under his own power. An MRI exam showed no major damage, and he was listed as probable for Sunday’s home game against Green Bay.

Lacina is the third member of the offensive line who will be less than 100 percent healthy against the Packers, who have the NFL’s second-ranked defense. Tackle Blake Brockermeyer is back in the lineup, but not completely recovered following knee surgery. Center Frank Garcia, sidelined since training camp with a twisted knee, is questionable.

The line has been one of several areas hit hard by injuries this season. Last week alone, three of the starters underwent surgery. Coach Dom Capers has resorted to trying to make light of Carolina’s predicament.

He began Thursday’s post-practice news conference by looking at the assembled reporters, smiling and saying the following words: ``Let me start out by giving you our popular injury update.″

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