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NFL: Panthers add C Pat Elflein, OL Dennis Daley to COVID list

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The Carolina Panthers added center Pat Elflein and guard/tackle Dennis Daley to the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.

Practice squad defensive end Austin Larkin also was placed in health and safety protocols.

They join four other active players on the list: safety Sam Franklin Jr., defensive end Azur Kamara, quarterback Matt Barkley and defensive tackle Derrick Brown.

All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey was removed from the list Wednesday, but he is on injured reserve and out for the season with an ankle injury.

Sam Tecklenburg is expected to start at center Sunday for the Panthers (5-9), who will be using their 11th different starting offensive line in 15 games when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-4).

Elflein, 27, has been limited to seven games this season because of a hamstring injury after signing a three-year, $13.5 million offseason deal. He’s played 88 percent of the offensive snaps in games in which he’s appeared.

Daley, 25, joined the Panthers as a sixth-round draft pick in 2019. He’s played in 13 games (nine starts) and taken part in 66 percent of the snaps.

–Field Level Media

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