Panthers place starting tackle Otah on injured reserve

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The hits keep coming for the injury-plagued Panthers.

Carolina on Tuesday placed right tackle Jeff Otah on injured reserve and signed offensive lineman Rob Petitti. Otah hurt his knee Sunday against New England and becomes the 10th player to be lost for the season.

It's not believed Otah has a serious injury, but he wouldn't have been able to play over the final three weeks. His loss means Carolina will be without both starting tackles from the start of the season. Jordan Gross broke his leg last month.

Inexperienced Geoff Schwartz will likely start at right tackle on Sunday against Minnesota.

The 6-foot-6, 327-pound Petitti started all 16 games for Dallas as a rookie in 2005, but has played in only six games since with St. Louis and New Orleans.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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