Carolina Panthers

Carolina works out pair of linemen

CHARLOTTE -- The Carolina Panthers sound confident that defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu's ankle injury isn't serious, but they're auditioning a few players at his position just in case.

They worked out defensive tackles Tim Anderson and LaJuan Ramsey on Tuesday, keeping an eye on potential reinforcements.

Kemoeatu suffered a sprained right ankle Sunday, and wasn't able to finish the win over Denver. The next day, he was on crutches and in a walking boot, which team officials termed precautionary. When asked about Kemoeatu's sprained right ankle Monday, Panthers coach John Fox expressed optimism.

"I'm going to go moving forward with the idea he's going to play, so time will tell," Fox said.

The Tuesday workouts are the first in some time for the Panthers, as the team has been fairly healthy this year.

They worked out most of the unemployed defensive linemen during the first month of the season, as they tried to establish a list of alternatives at perhaps their thinnest position.

They hadn't needed to make a move, though, and still might not. But the looking indicates there is some level of concern over Kemoeatu.

Anderson, 28, has some experience, and more size. The 6-foot-3, 325-pounder spent four years in Buffalo, starting 17 games. He spent time with Atlanta in 2007 and in the Falcons' 2008 camp.

Ramsey, 24, was a sixth-round pick by Philadelphia in 2006 out of Southern Cal. He has also spent time with San Francisco and Indianapolis. He's more of the smaller, quicker type which Carolina has on hand.

Both Anderson and Ramsey worked out for the Panthers earlier this year.

PRACTICE SQUAD MOVE: The Panthers swapped out wide receivers on the practice squad, cutting William Buchanon and signing Kevin McMahan.

Buchanon had been with them since training camp. He's the son of former Green Bay and San Diego cornerback Willie Buchanon.

The 6-foot-2, 192-pound McMahan's most notable claim to fame is being "Mr. Irrelevant," or the last player selected in the 2006 draft by Oakland. He has spent time with the New York Giants and Kansas City as well, appearing on both practice squads.

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