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Panthers’ Peanut Tillman out for NFL playoffs with torn ACL

Carolina Panthers cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman has a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season, coach Ron Rivera announced on Monday.

Tillman, who played 12 seasons with the Bears, started 12 games for the Panthers this season and was a vital component of the Panthers defense.

Tillman had a partially torn ACL a few weeks ago and re-injured the knee in the season finale on Sunday against the Bucs.

The 34-year-old had 36 tackles, 19 assists, two interceptions and two forced fumbles, giving the creator of the “Peanut Punch” 44 forced fumbles for his career.

Tillman played in one Super Bowl with the Bears in 2007, a 29-17 loss to the Colts.

The Panthers (15-1) are the NFC’s top seed in the NFL playoffs.