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Panthers place centres Kalil, Gradkowski on injured reserve

The Carolina Panthers have placed two-time All-Pro centre Ryan Kalil and his primary backup Gino Gradkowski on injured reserve, further weakening an offensive line that has been decimated by injuries this season.

Carolina signed free agent centre Ryan Wendell and offensive tackle Dan France from the Cleveland Browns practice squad on Tuesday to fill out the 53-man roster.

Kalil had missed three of the past four games with a shoulder injury. Gradkowski recently injured his knee.

Tyler Larsen, who filled in at centre on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, is expected to start this week at centre when the Panthers visit the Seattle Seahawks.

The Panthers previously lost left tackle Michael Oher to a season-ending concussion and backup offensive tackle Daryl Williams injured his leg on Sunday.

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