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Panthers DT Kawann Short named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Carolina Panthers' Kawann Short (99) sacks Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson (3) in the second half at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, October 18, 2015. The Panthers won, 27-23.
Carolina Panthers' Kawann Short (99) sacks Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson (3) in the second half at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, October 18, 2015. The Panthers won, 27-23. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Kawann Short did something this week no Panthers’ defensive tackle in history has ever done.

He was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Short, a third-year player, earned the honors after his two-sack performance against the Seattle Seahawks.

Short sacked Russell Wilson on two separate drives and both on third down to kill the Seattle drive. His second sack came on third-and-20 from the Seattle 30 with 2:36 left in the game, forcing the Seahawks to punt to the Panthers.

He also had a pass defense when he tipped a Wilson pass at the line of scrimmage on third down late in the third quarter.

Pro Football Focus ranked Short as the second-best defensive interior lineman in the NFL in Week 6 behind only reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt.

“The excellent Short was fantastic himself, with six of his own (quarterback disruptions) along with some strong work in the run game,” wrote the site.

Short joins cornerback Josh Norman as the only Panthers to be named NFC players of the week this season. Norman won the award in Week 4 and also was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for the month of September.

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