Fourth-year cornerback Curtis Deloatch will miss the rest of the Carolina Panthers' season after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament in Sunday's loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the team confirmed Monday afternoon.
Team officials worried on Sunday that the knee injury would end Deloatch's season, and an MRI exam on Monday substantiated the damage. Deloatch will be placed on injured reserve and undergo surgery when swelling in the knee subsides.
Coach John Fox said the Panthers will likely add another defensive back later this week.
Deloatch, 26, appeared in four games for the Panthers, playing principally on specials teams, but also in some passing situations as an extra cornerback. He recorded four tackles and one pass defensed. He was with the team in training camp, having signed as a free agent in the spring, was released in early September, then re-signed because of a season-ending injured suffered by reserve cornerback Dante Wesley.
Deloatch was originally signed by the New York Giants in 2004 as an undrafted free agent. Deloatch started 13 games in 2005, but he never developed into the physical-type coverage corner Giants coaches wanted him to be and was released after the 2005 campaign
He spent part of 2006 with the New Orleans Saints as a backup, then became a free agent again and joined the Panthers in the spring.
Deloatch is probably best noted for having recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown in New Orleans' first home game at the Superdome last season following Hurricane Katrina.
In 45 games, Deloatch has 78 tackles, one interception, 14 passes defensed and one fumble recovery.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.