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Kemoeatu has ankle surgery

Updated: August 6, 2009, 1:52 PM ET
Associated Press

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The Carolina Panthers placed starting defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu on injured reserve Wednesday, ending his season the same day he underwent surgery on his torn right Achilles tendon.

The Panthers replaced him on the 80-man roster with undrafted rookie defensive tackle George Hypolite.

Kemoeatu was injured minutes into Carolina's first training camp practice Monday. Kemoeatu said Tuesday he was holding out hope of returning for the last month of the season, ...

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