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Panthers to start undrafted rookie left tackle David Foucault vs. Saints with Byron Bell out

  • Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) leaves the [pocket rapidly under pressure from from Seattle Seahawks linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (58) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Charlotte. Newton through an interception on the play. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) leaves the [pocket rapidly under pressure from from Seattle Seahawks linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (58) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Charlotte. Newton through an interception on the play. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)  (The Associated Press)

  • Seattle Seahawks linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (58) hits Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Charlotte. Newton gave up an interception to Seattle Seahawks defensive back Marcus Burley on the play. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Seattle Seahawks linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (58) hits Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Charlotte. Newton gave up an interception to Seattle Seahawks defensive back Marcus Burley on the play. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)  (The Associated Press)

Coach Ron Rivera says the Panthers will turn to an undrafted rookie from Canada to protect Cam Newton's blindside on Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints.

David Foucault, who played his college football in Montreal, Canada and made the Panthers roster after a minicamp tryout back in the spring, will make his NFL starting debut at left tackle with Byron Bell out with an injured knee and elbow.

The 6-foot-8, 305-pound Foucault saw extended action last week against Seattle at both tackle positions after Bell and right tackle Nate Chandler went down with injuries at various points of the game.

Running back Fozzy Whittaker, wide receiver Philly Brown, guards Amini Silatolu and Trai Turner, and cornerback Bene Benwikere and are also listed as out for Carolina (3-4-1).

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