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Brandon Smith placed on injured reserve

Brandon Smith

CHARLOTTE — The Panthers lost Brandon Smith for at least the rest of the regular season.

The team placed the rookie linebacker on injured reserve Saturday, which will knock him out for at least the next four weeks.

Smith suffered an ankle injury in last week's win over the Seahawks and was in a walking boot and on crutches in the locker room this week.

The fourth-round pick from Penn State had grown into a regular on special teams and was beginning to play more snaps on defense.

He played in 12 games this year with one start and had five tackles and three special teams tackles.

The Panthers didn't make a corresponding roster move and now have 51 on the active roster after this week's release of defensive lineman Daviyon Nixon.

View the best photos from pregame, in-game, and post game from Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks.

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