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Sources: Panthers defensive lineman Chas Alecxih will have season-ending surgery

Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Chas Alecxih (65) will need season-ending surgery to repair substantial damage to his left knee suffered in Sunday’s practice.
Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Chas Alecxih (65) will need season-ending surgery to repair substantial damage to his left knee suffered in Sunday’s practice. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Chas Alecxih faces season-ending surgery after tests Monday revealed substantial damage to his left knee, according to league sources.

Alecxih was injured Sunday during a 2-on-2 blocking drill and carted off the field. Alecxih, who spent all of last season on the Panthers’ practice squad, did not tear his ACL but damaged another ligament, sources said.

The Panthers are expected to sign a player Tuesday to replace Alecxih, the first player to sustain a serious injury in the first two weeks of training camp.

Team officials worked out four defensive linemen Monday – including former Georgia players Ray Drew and James DeLoach – but are not expected to sign anyone from that group.

The Panthers’ defensive end depth has been tested in recent days. Rakim Cox (back) and Larry Webster (hamstring) were out Monday, and Wes Horton practiced with a cast on his sprained right wrist.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Cox, who was expected to compete for one of the edge spots, was scheduled to visit a doctor Monday.

“His back acted up again,” Rivera said. “Had him out here (Sunday) and he ran around. But (Monday) morning he was tight. We’re a little bit concerned on that.”

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