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Panthers DT Kawann Short named NFC Defensive Player of the Month

Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short sacks Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford during first quarter action at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Sunday, October 25, 2015.
Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short sacks Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford during first quarter action at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Sunday, October 25, 2015. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

As far as the NFC Defensive Player of the Month award goes, the Panthers are 2-for-2.

Third-year defensive tackle Kawann Short was the second Panthers player to win the award Thursday when he was named the top defensive player in the conference for the month of October.

Short’s award follows Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, who was given the award in September.

Short had five sacks in three games this month. He dropped quarterbacks for a loss of 31 yards. To go along with that, the former Purdue Boilermaker had 19 tackles, three passes defensed and one forced fumble.

Short is the first Panthers defensive tackle to win the award.

Two weeks ago he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week following his two-sack performance against the Seattle Seahawks. His three-sack performance against the Eagles on Sunday night essentially sealed the award for him.

Eighteen times a Panthers player has been named NFC Player of the Month, with 10 of those times being a defensive player.

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