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Monday, August 3, 2009
Kemoeatu injury leaves Panthers thin on D-line

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- We're still awaiting word on the full extent of the ankle injury suffered by Carolina defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu in Monday morning's practice. But all indications are it's of some significance and Kemoeatu will miss some time.

 Kemoeatu

We don't know if that means it will spill over into the regular season, but it's at least going to have a large impact on training camp. Quite honestly, the Panthers don't have much depth behind Kemoeatu and fellow starter Damione Lewis and they know it.

They'll keep an eye on what's available right now, which isn't much, and what could come available as other teams make roster moves.

Don't write in undrafted rookie Marlon Favorite as the favorite just yet, but he did get most of the first-team work after Kemoeatu went down. But don't sell Favorite short, either. At 6-foot-1 and 317 pounds, he came out of Louisiana State with a reputation as a guy who can stuff the run and he got significant playing time his last two years of college.

Nick Hayden might be the young defensive tackle the Panthers have the most hope for, but they envision him playing Lewis' position because he's more of a speed tackle. Rookie Corvey Irvin is also viewed as a player with potential and he may get some increased reps with Kemoeatu out.