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Panthers place rookie DT’s McClain, Fua on IR

The Carolina Panthers have placed rookie defensive tackles Terrell McClain and Sione Fua on injured reserve, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

McClain and Fua were bookend picks in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft, with the Panthers using the first pick of the round on McClain and the last, compensatory pick of the round on Fua.

McClain’s season ends after 19 tackles and a quarterback sacks, while Fua finishes with nine tackles in 11 starts.

Moving forward: With McClain and Fua hitting IR, the Panthers are projected to start second-year defensive tackle Andre Neblett and rookie Frank Kearse, a seventh-round pick out of Alabama A&M by the Miami Dolphins who was signed off Miami’s practice squad in Week 3.

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