The Panthers have been starting two rookies at defensive tackle all year: Terrell McClain and Sione Fua. It hasn’t worked out so well.
Now things threaten to get worse because both players were placed on injured reserve Tuesday, ending their season.
Both players were third round picks. McClain, who suffered a knee injury, showed some promise during the season. Fua hurt his hamstring; he looked a little lost most of the year. The Panthers’ rush defense has struggled, ranking 27th in the league in yards allowed.