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Brothers fired up to face off

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For starters, the final exhibition game is usually a race to exchange your helmet and shoulder pads for a baseball cap so you can watch the reserves compete for the final few roster spots.

Things are different for Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu. He wants to play -- and play a lot -- Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers so he can go up against his younger brother Chris for the first time since they were college teammates at Utah.

"Don't be surprised if a fight doesn't break out out there," Kemoeatu said. "My mom is supposed to be in town to watch the game. She told me not to beat up on my brother too much."

While Maake Kemoeatu starts for the Panthers, his brother is a reserve guard for the Steelers. Last season Carolina also faced Pittsburgh in the final preseason game, but the Panthers pulled the starters after one series and brother versus brother never happened.

"Last year we lost to them so he was the one talking. So hopefully this year we get the edge on them and hopefully get the win," Chris Kemoeatu said.

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