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Carolina Panthers injury updates: Jared Allen, Charles Tillman take Wednesday practice off

Carolina Panthers defensive end Jared Allen stretches with his teammates before practice on Wednesday, but he got most of the day off as the Panthers try to keep players fresh for a stretch of three games in 11 days.
Carolina Panthers defensive end Jared Allen stretches with his teammates before practice on Wednesday, but he got most of the day off as the Panthers try to keep players fresh for a stretch of three games in 11 days. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

The Carolina Panthers gave a couple of veterans the day off Wednesday, while the rest of the team went through a light practice featuring a lot of installation periods for Sunday’s home game against Washington.

Defensive end Jared Allen and cornerback Charles Tillman, two of the three oldest players on the squad, had rest days, while defensive tackle Dwan Edwards – another 30-something – practiced in a limited capacity.

Edwards has missed four games since sustaining a high ankle sprain on a cut block at Seattle on Oct. 18.

“It would be nice to have Dwan back,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “We’ve been going into games for the most part with just three DTs.”

Kyle Love has been the lone backup at defensive tackle behind starters Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei, although ends Kony Ealy and Wes Horton also can be used inside.

Left guard Andrew Norwell, who has missed two games with a strained hamstring, worked out on the side Wednesday.

“I felt pretty good out there running around,” Norwell said. “I take a step (forward) everyday. That was one good step.”

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