Just after I published a lengthy rant outlining the reasons why the Cam Newton apocalypse is not upon us, an awful thing happened, mostly because the almighty blogging overlords despise my existence.

A quarterback who’s already playing behind a weak offensive line and has been sacked 13 times this year — ninth most in the league — may be about to play without a three-time Pro Bowler in front of him, and arguably the league’s best center.

Ryan Kalil injured his foot during Carolina’s loss to the Seahawks Sunday, and at first the injury was thought to be a sprain. But now after further examination it’s been determined the damage he sustained is far more severe, and head coach Ron Rivera said there’s a possibility Kalil could miss the remainder of the season.

From the Charlotte Observer:

“I know he’s going to talk to Dr. (Robert) Anderson, but it’s really not looking good right now,” Rivera said.

“It’s scary. If we do (move him to IR), we’ll probably announce something soon.”

While Kalil is supremely talented, centers don’t usually make the highlight reel or national news cycle unless they’re either injured, or they screw up colossally. So surely you remember the last time our boy Ryan did something that, um, grabbed your attention:

Ho boy. Get your tin foil hats and head to the bunker, kids. The black plague of the Super Bowl guarantee curse is about to seep deep into our souls

If Kalil is indeed gone for the year, it’s clearly another ball punch to Newton. But overall I still think he’ll produce at a rate that keeps him hovering around the top 10 fantasy quarterbacks, because QBs with legs that move quickly can compensate for the crushing effect of a vicious pass rush, and turn it into fantasy points with runs down the field.

UPDATE: Kalil has been placed on the injured reserve, ending his season. Ugh.

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