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Panthers wary of Falcons' cut blocks in Week 1

Updated: September 5, 2006, 6:17 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina's defense has its hands full against Atlanta simply trying to contain quarterback Michael Vick and its running game.

Throw in the Falcons' tendency to cut block on offense, and the Panthers know Sunday's season opener could get dangerous.

Defensive ends Julius Peppers and Mike Rucker both suffered sprained ankles last year against Atlanta when Falcons players legally tackled them below the knees. Although Peppers was able to play the next ...

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