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Carolina Panthers sign Sione Fua


With Gary Williams being placed on injured reserve, the Carolina Panthers decided to bring back a familiar face in defensive tackle Sione Fua to fill out their roster.

Fua was drafted in 2011 and didn’t make the final round of cuts for the Panthers. With his release prior to the season it left Cam Newton as the last remaining draft pick from ’11 on the Panthers, but the return of Fua negates that. In his two seasons with the Panthers he has accumulated 22 tackles, no sacks and one forced fumble. Don’t expect Fua to be on the field too often with defensive tackle being a position of depth for the Panthers.

So why bring him back?

Well, Fua is a guy the team is familiar with and knows Sean McDermott’s system. He played pretty well in the preseason and there is the possibility the team feels he can work his way into the rotation, but nevertheless it’s a bit of a puzzling move with how thin the offensive line is.

Other notes  from the day

  • Rookie running back Kenjon Barner is out for Sunday as he is still battling a foot injury, although it looks like he has a chance of making his debut in Week 3.
  • Amini Silatolu will be back this week and appears ready to take over left guard, although he split reps at practice with Travelle Wharton today according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer.
  • Safety Mike Mitchell was back at practice and taking reps with the first-team with Quintin Mikell rotating in.


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