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Panthers lose DT Ron Edwards for season

By Joseph Person
jperson@charlotteobserver.com

Panthers defensive tackle Ron Edwards will miss the rest of the season after dislocating his left elbow in Monday's 30-22 win at Philadelphia.

Edwards' injury will take a minimum of four to six weeks to heal. So the Panthers will put him on injured reserve and activate DT Frank Kearse from the practice squad, coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday.

Edwards, who signed as a free agent in 2011, missed all of last season after tearing his triceps during his first training camp practice with the Panthers.

Edwards has started every game this season, and has 14 tackles and one sack.

Sione Fua, Andre Neblett or Kearse will compete for the spot.

“It's very tough because Ron's been very stout for us at the point of attack. He's been doing a nice job, allowing those linebackers to run,” Rivera said. “So now the next guy up has to be able to do that.”

Starting running back Jonathan Stewart has a high left ankle sprain. Stewart missed two games early in the season with a sprained right ankle.

Rivera called Stewart day-to-day.

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