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Panthers DE Frank Alexander ejected

CHARLOTTE -- Carolina Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander was ejected in the first half of Sunday's opener for throwing a punch at Seattle tackle Breno Giacomini.

Now he'll have to wait to see if the NFL fines him.

It could have been a costly penalty for the Panthers because it put the Seahawks in scoring position late in the first half and spoiled the momentum of a big sack of quarterback Russell Wilson on the play.

Starting defensive end Charles Johnson made sure it wasn't costly, sacking Wilson and then recovering the quarterback's fumble on first-and-10 at the Carolina 12.