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Carolina Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson leaves the field after getting hurt against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 18, 2023, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Rusty Jones)

The New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers were well on their way to a physical, defensive battle in the first quarter Monday night when one member of the Carolina defense took his aggression a little too far.

Panthers veteran defensive tackle DaShawn Williams and Saints left tackle Trevor Penning were going at it at the end of a play that involved Taysom Hill run up the middle.?

As the play came to an end, Williams violently slammed Penning to the ground and into the leg of Carolina linebacker Shaq Thompson.

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The ninth-year linebacker was clearly in pain after taking the hit, and he was carted off the field soon after. He had tears in his eyes as he waved to fans while leaving the field.?

On Tuesday, Panthers coach Frank Reich said that Thompson suffered a fractured fibula and will be out the remainder of the season.

Penning, who was quick to show a temper during practice a year ago, managed to keep his cool and didn't respond to the aggression of Williams.

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