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Panthers defensive ends Charles Johnson, Kony Ealy return to practice

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Panthers defensive ends Charles Johnson and Kony Ealy returned to practice Thursday, according to the team. 

Ealy had a foot sprain that held him out of practice since Sunday. Johnson had been sidelined with a hamstring injury.

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Johnson recorded 11 sacks in 14 games last season. Carolina led the league with 60 total sacks in 2013. 

Ealy was a second-round pick in this year's draft. He had 9.5 sacks in 14 games at Missouri last season. 

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The Panthers also announced that starters Roman Harper and Greg Olsen sat out Thursday's practice.

- Dan Gartland

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