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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers (1) quarterback Cam Newton looks to pass to a receiver as Denver Broncos (91) defensive end Robert Ayers swipes at the ball as Panthers (69) tackle Jordan Gross tries to make the block during fourth quarter action on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The Broncos defeated the Panthers 36-14. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers (1) quarterback Cam Newton tosses the ball away as the Buffalo Bills begin to celebrate their victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY on Sunday, September 15, 2013. The Bills defeated the Panthers 24-23. Newton was sacked on the final play of the game by Buffalo Bills (50) middle linebacker Kiko Alonso. Looking on is Panthers (69) tackle Jordan Gross. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Bob Leverone - AP
    Carolina Panthers' Jordan Gross (69) during the NFL Carolina Panthers' Fan Fest football practice in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers (69) tackle Jordan Gross watches a replay during first quarter action vs the Denver Broncos on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The Broncos defeated the Panthers 36-14. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    John D. Simmons - JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charl
    (06.09.11) Panthers' offensive lineman Jordan Gross spoke to the media before practice Thursday morning. The Carolina Panthers' players had an informal workout at Charlotte Christian School beginning at 8 a.m.thursday. Players in attendance were recently drafted Cam newton, new tight end Jeremy Shockey and veteran players like Jon Beason, Jordan Gross, Jimmy Clausen and Thomas Davis. John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    8/2/11 Carolina Panthers (69) tackle Jordan Gross relaxes during a break in practice Tuesday at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    5/31/11 (L-R) Carolina Panthers Jordan Gross answers a question as he and teammate Travelle Wharton leave Charlotte Christian School in Charlotte, NC following a workout with their teammates Tuesday. Approximately 50 players showed up for the workout. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    New Orleans Saints guard Ben Grubbs (66), (L-R) Baltimore Ravens guard Marshall Yanda (73), and Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Jordan Gross (69) are seen back stage during the NFL Pro Bowl Draft, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, Kapolei, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers (69) tackle Jordan Gross and St. Louis Rams (94) defensive end Robert Quinn get into a skirmish during third quarter action on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The Panthers defeated the Rams 30-15.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    (L-R) Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) smiles as he bumps running back DeAngelo Williams (34) following his touchdown run during third quarter action Sunday, November 27, 2011 vs the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. The Panthers defeated the Colts 27-19. At right is tackle Jordan Gross (69). Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    (L-R) Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) and tackle Jordan Gross (69) greet one another on the field at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Sunday, October 30, 2011 prior to action vs the Minnesota Vikings. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers tackle Jordan Gross (69) talks with the media at his locker at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Monday, January 13, 2014. The Panthers season ended on Sunday, January 12, 2014 with a loss to the San Francisco 49ers 23-10 in a NFL Divisional game.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers tackle Jordan Gross (69) walks down the team's sideline in the closing moments of action vs the San Francisco 49ers in NFL Divisional action at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, January 12, 2014 in Charlotte, NC. The Panthers lost to the 49ers 23-10.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers tackle Jordan Gross (69) watches a replay where he was called for offensive holding during fourth quarter action vs the New Orleans Saints. The call resulted in a 10 yard penalty enforced at the New Orleans 49 yard line. The Saints defeated the Panthers 30-27 on Sunday, October 9, 2011 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    (Center) Carolina Panthers tackle Jordan Gross (69) stops to talk with "Coach Jack" Bolton following practice on Friday, January 10, 2014. Bolton, an eight-year old has been adopted by the Carolina Panthers. Bolton has spinal muscular atrophy. On Saturday, August 3, 2013 Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman signed Bolton to a one day associate head coaching contract. During the season, Bolton has stayed in touch with Coach Ron Rivera and has been an inspiration to the team.
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    St. Louis Rams' Robert Quinn (94) and Carolina Panthers' Jordan Gross (69) get locked up at the start of a melee in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium on October 20, 2013. The Panthers won, 30-15. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    SEAN RECORD - CHARLOTTE OBSERVER
    8/3/05: Offensive tackle Jordan Gross (69), left, battles defensive end Julius Peppers during the Carolina Panther's morning training camp session at Wofford College in Spartanburg Wednesday . SEAN RECORD - SPECIAL TO THE OBSERVER
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    JEFF SINER -
    11/28/04 Carolina Panthers (17) quarterback Jake Delhomme tries to avoid being sacked by Tampa Bay Buccaneers (97) defensive end Simeon Rice as teammate (69) tackle Jordan Gross provides a block Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Buccaneers 21-14. JEFF SINER/STAFF
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    PATRICK SCHNEIDER -
    9/13/2004 Carolina Panther's Jordan Gross(69) William Hampton (31) and Travares Tillman(42) take the field to play the Green Bay Packers Monday, Sept. 13, 2004 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. Patrick Schneider/Staff
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    David T. Foster III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers' Ryan Kalil (67) and Jordan Gross (69) head to the locker room at the end of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on September 30, 2012. Atlanta won, 30-28. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers (69) tackle Jordan Gross provides protection for (1) quarterback Cam Newton as (78) tackle Nate Chandler rushes during practice on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    CHRISTOPHER A. RECORD -
    10/5/03: Jordan Gross, who has been living up to the high expectations placed on him, is having a solid rookie season for the undefeated Panthers. CHRISTOPHER A. RECORD - STAFF PHOTO
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    Bob Leverone - AP
    Carolina Panthers' Jordan Gross (69) congratulates Pittsburgh Steelers' Troy Polamalu (43) following a preseason NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Carolina Panthers 33-17. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
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    JEFF SINER - Staff Photographer
    12/16/07 Carolina Panthers running back (34) DeAngelo Williams smiles as he spins away from (69) tackle Jordan Gross while being congratulated for his rushing touchdown vs the Seattle Seahawks during fourth quarter action at Bank of America Stadium Sunday. The Panthers defeated the Seahawks 13-10. JEFF SINER -- jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER -
    10/1/06 Carolina Panthers quarterback (17) Jake Delhomme jumps into the arms of (69) tackle Jordan Gross following a touchdown run by running back (26) DeShaun Foster vs the New Orleans Saints during fourth quarter action Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Saints 21-18. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers (69) tackle Jordan Gross celebrates a field goal by kicker (9) Graham Gano giving the team a 24-20 lead over the New England Patriots during fourth quarter action on Monday, November 18, 2013 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The Panthers defeated the Patriots 24-20. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers (69) tackle Jordan Gross and (1) quarterback Cam Newton celebrate (34) running back DeAngelo Williams' touchdown run following a pass reception during second quarter action on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The Panthers defeated the Jets 30-20.
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    JEFF SINER -
    11/11/07 Carolina Panthers (69) tackle Jordan Gross walks back to the team huddle following a series vs the Atlanta Falcons Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers lost to the Falcons 20-13. JEFF SINER -- jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER -
    10/29/06 Carolina Panthers (69) tackle Jordan Gross sits on the team's bench following an offensive series vs the Dallas Cowboys Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers lost to the Cowboys 35-14. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers (88) tight end Greg Olsen and (69) tackle Jordan Gross stand on the team's sideline reacting to the Buffalo Bills touchdown pass reception by (13) wide receiver Stevie Johnson during fourth quarter action on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY. The Bills defeated the Panthers 24-23. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER -
    7/28/06 Carolina Panthers tackle Jordan Gross smiles as he leaves the RV the offensive line will enjoy following training camp practices at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. The Panthers reported to the college on Friday in preparation for training camp practices beginning on Saturday. Former Carolina Panther center Jeff Mitchell used to bring an RV to camp so that the offensive line could bond during training camp by playing cards, watching TV and hang out. The RV was rented from Tom Johnson Camping Center of Concord, NC. Gross said, "you have to be invited to get in." JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - Staff Photographer
    Panthers center Ryan Kalil (#65) and tackle Jordan Gross (#69) walk off the practice field on Tuesday afternoon during Panthers Training Camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. DAVID T. FOSTER III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - Staff Photographer
    Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers (center) tries to work around tackle Jordan Gross (#69) to get to quarterback Jake Delhomme (#17) on Tuesday afternoon during Panthers Training Camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. DAVID T. FOSTER III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers (69) tackle Jordan Gross and St. Louis Rams (94) defensive end Robert Quinn get into a skirmish during third quarter action on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The Panthers defeated the Rams 30-15.
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Carolina Panthers (30) safety Charles Godfrey, head coach Ron Rivera and (69) tackle Jordan Gross walk to the team's practice fields on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    CHRISTOPHER A. RECORD -
    8/28/04: The referees try to break up a scuffle between New England's Richard Seymour (93) and Carolina Panther offensive linemen Jordan Gross, center, and Jeff Mitchell in the second quarter of the preseason showdown Saturday night in Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium. CHRISTOPHER A. RECORD - STAFF PHOTO
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - CHARLOTTE OBSERVER
    04/30/04: Panthers' offensive lineman Jordan Gross (CQ) at mini-camp on Friday. Panthers held their first day of mini-camp Friday. (JOHN D. SIMMONS/STAFF)
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    PATRICK SCHNEIDER - KRT
    KRT SPORTS STORY SLUGGED: SUPERBOWL KRT PHOTOGRAPH BY PATRICK SCHNEIDER/CHARLOTTE OBSERVER (February 1) HOUSTON ,TX - Carolina Panthers Steve Smith (89) is lifted into the air by teammate Jordan Gross (69) after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter of Super Bowl XXXVIII between the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots at Reliant Stadium, Sunday, February 1, 2004 in Houston, Texas. (smd) 2004
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    CHRISTOPHER A. RECORD -
    11/30/2003: Panther offensive lineman Jordan Gross (69) gets a rare chance to run the ball during a wild play that ended the game in the Panther's, 25-16, loss to Philadelphia Sunday at Ericsson Stadium. CHRISTOPHER A. RECORD - STAFF PHOTO
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    CHRISTOPHER A. RECORD -
    10/5/03: Jordan Gross, who has been living up to the high expectations placed on him, is having a solid rookie season for the undefeated Panthers. CHRISTOPHER A. RECORD - STAFF PHOTO
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    CHRISTOPHER A. RECORD -
    10/5/03: Jordan Gross, who has been living up to the high expectations placed on him, is having a solid rookie season for the undefeated Panthers. CHRISTOPHER A. RECORD - STAFF PHOTO
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    CHRISTOPHER A. RECORD -
    5/2/03: Offensvie linemen Jordan Gross (69) and Bruce Nelson (72), Carolinas first and second picks respectively, leave the field following minicamp in Charlotte Friday. CHRISTOPHER A. RECORD - STAFF PHOTO
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    CHRISTOPHER A. RECORD -
    5/2/03: Offensvie linemen Jordan Gross (69) and Bruce Nelson (72), Carolinas first and second picks respectively, leave the field following minicamp in Charlotte Friday. CHRISTOPHER A. RECORD - STAFF PHOTO
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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    9/28/08 Carolina Panthers (69) tackle Jordan Gross motions to his teammates and fans as he is carted off the field after being injured with 9:45 remaining in the first quarter vs the Atlanta Falcons. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER - MCT
    Carolina Panthers tackle Jordan Gross (69) remains face down on the field after being injured in the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, Sunday, September 28, 2008. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT)
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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    1/10/09 Carolina Panthers (69) tackle Jordan Gross stares at the team's game vs the Arizona Cardinals during the final minutes Saturday at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers lost to the Cardinals 33-13. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - DAVID T. FOSTER III-dtfoster@cha
    Carolina Panthers' Jordan Gross (69) is loaded on a cart and driven off the field after being injured in the 2nd quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers won, 28-19. DAVID T. FOSTER III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF SINER -
    7/26/08 Carolina Panthers tackle (69) Jordan Gross glances over at the fans as he prepares to stretch prior to the evening practice Saturday at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - DAVID T. FOSTER III-dtfoster@cha
    Carolina Panthers offensive linemen Jeff Otah (#79), Keydrick Vincent (#68), Ryan Kalil (#67), Travelle Wharton (#70), and Jordan Gross (#69) walk up to the line during a play in the afternoon session of training camp at Wofford College on Tuesday afternoon in Spartanburg, SC.
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    Dwayne Woodard -
    Challenger Flag Football League season kick off event, Sept 2, 2008 at Marion Diehl Rec Center (Charlotte). Jordan Gross welcomes players as they are introduced through the Panthers cathead tunnel. Photographer: Dwayne Woodard The Carolina Panthers
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    JEFF SINER - JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobs
    10/27/10 (L-R) Carolina Panthers (69) tackle Jordan Gross and (67) center Ryan Kalil joke prior to practice Wednesday morning. JEFF SINER - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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