Star Lotulelei suffered a fractured foot during Tuesday's practice and is out for at least the NFC divisional playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.
"Star will not play this week," Ron Rivera said in a conference call with Seattle reporters. "He broke a small bone in his foot and he had surgery this morning to repair it. It's one of those things that hopefully we get the opportunity to move on [in the playoffs] and if we do, he'll get to play."
Lotuleli could return for the Super Bowl if the Carolina Panthers were to advance.