Source: Panthers lose both starting DTs for season

By STEVE REED | December 6, 2011 | 3:01 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers are placing both starting rookie defensive tackles — Terrell McClain and Sione Fua — on injured reserve.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because moves have not been announced.

Fua and McClain were both third-round draft picks this year and have been starters since week one. However, Fua suffered a significant right hamstring strain prior to Sunday's game against Tampa Bay and didn't play. McClain sprained his left knee during the first half and did not return.

It's unclear at this point if either player will need surgery.

The Panthers (4-8) host Atlanta (7-5) on Sunday.