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Ogbonnaya added to list in Panthers injury-plagued backfield

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers had yet another setback at running back on Friday when Chris Ogbonnaya was carted off the practice field with a groin injury.

His status for Sunday’s game against defending Super Bowl champion Seattle is in doubt.

With running backs DeAngelo Williams (ankle) and Fozzy Whittaker (quad) already ruled out for the 1 p.m. game at Bank of America Stadium, Jonathan Stewart and Darrin Reaves would be the only healthy backs if Ogbonnaya can’t play.

Coach Ron Rivera said Tauren Poole could be signed off the practice squad if necessary.

Also ruled out for Sunday are nickel corner Bene’ Benwikere (ankle), linebacker Chase Blackburn (knee), wide receiver Philly Brown (concussion), left guard Amini Silatolu (calf) and right guard Trai Turner (knee/ankle).

Undrafted rookie Andrew Norwell will get his first career start at left guard. Fernando Velasco will start for Turner on the right side.

With Brown out, Rivera said a mix of Brenton Bersin, Darrin Reaves and Jerricho Cotchery will handle the kick return duties.