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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Carolina DT Andre Neblett suspended

By Pat Yasinskas

Since last week’s signing of New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, it’s been a pretty quiet few days around the NFC South. Well, that just changed.

The NFL just announced that Carolina defensive tackle Andre Neblett will be suspended without pay for the season’s first four games for violating league policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Neblett made Carolina’s roster as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He has appeared in 19 career games and got four starts last season when the Panthers were devastated by injuries at defensive tackle.

With Ron Edwards, Sione Fua and Terrell McClain all returning from injuries, Neblett would have gone to training camp with a chance to compete for a backup job. He still will go to training camp because his suspension doesn’t start until the beginning of the regular season, but the Panthers could look at other candidates (particularly Frank Kearse) to replace him. Neblett will be eligible to return to Carolina’s active roster Oct. 1, following a Sept. 30 game against Atlanta.