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NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
97Addison, Mario DE6-32609/6/19874Troy
90Alexander, Frank DE6-427012/17/19893Oklahoma
55Allen, Denicos OLB5-112258/9/1990RMichigan State
3Anderson, Derek QB6-62306/15/198310Oregon State
81Avant, Jason WR6-02104/20/19839Michigan
77Bell, Byron T6-53401/17/19894New Mexico
13Benjamin, Kelvin WR6-52402/5/1991RFlorida State
29Benwikere, Bene CB6-01859/3/1991RSan Jose State
2Bersin, Brenton WR6-32105/9/19901Wofford
93Blackburn, Chase OLB6-32406/10/198310Akron
33Boston, Tre SS6-12056/25/1992RNorth Carolina
47Brockel, Richie TE6-12557/24/19864Boise State
16Brown, Philly WR5-1118012/16/1991ROhio State
37Byndom, Carrington DB6-01807/7/1992RTexas
20Cason, Antoine CB6-11957/9/19867Arizona
78Chandler, Nate T6-43156/1/19893UCLA
91Cole, Colin DT6-23306/24/19808Iowa
82Cotchery, Jerricho WR6-12056/16/198211North Carolina State
58Davis, Thomas OLB6-12353/22/198310Georgia
21DeCoud, Thomas FS6-21953/19/19857California
62Dennis, Derek G6-33257/16/19881Temple
84Dickson, Ed TE6-42557/25/19875Oregon
31Dockery, James DB6-118511/9/19884Oregon State
94Ealy, Kony DE6-427512/21/1991RMissouri
92Edwards, Dwan DT6-33055/16/198111Oregon State
64Folkerts, Brian C6-43101/30/19902Washburn
63Foucault, David T6-83051/7/1989RNo College
9Gano, Graham K6-22054/9/19875Florida State
57Glanton, Adarius LB6-12309/21/1990RFlorida Atlantic
30Godfrey, Charles FS5-1121011/15/19857Iowa
76Hardy, Greg DE6-42757/28/19885Mississippi
41Harper, Roman SS6-120512/11/19829Alabama
96Horton, Wes DE6-52701/18/19902USC
72Hughes, Kevin T6-43158/6/19882Southeastern Louisiana
53Jacobs, Ben LB6-42454/12/19882Fresno State
44Jansen, J.J. LS6-22401/20/19867Notre Dame
95Johnson, Charles DE6-22857/10/19868Georgia
42Jones, Colin DB6-020510/27/19874Texas Christian
67Kalil, Ryan C6-23003/29/19858USC
12King, Tavarres WR6-12007/14/19902Georgia
56Klein, A.J. ILB6-12457/30/19912Iowa State
59Kuechly, Luke MLB6-32384/20/19913Boston College
38Lester, Robert SS6-12254/30/19882Alabama
98Lotulelei, Star DT6-232012/20/19892Utah
83Lucas, Marcus WR6-42203/1/1992RMissouri
79McDonald, Andrew T6-63109/8/19881Indiana
85McNeill, Mike TE6-42403/7/19884Nebraska
26Nelson, Tom DB5-1120012/4/19863Illinois State
73Nevis, Drake DT6-12955/8/19894Louisiana State
1Newton, Cam QB6-52455/11/19894Auburn
24Norman, Josh CB6-019512/15/19873Coastal Carolina
8Nortman, Brad P6-22109/12/19893Wisconsin
68Norwell, Andrew G6-631010/25/1991ROhio State
88Olsen, Greg TE6-52533/11/19858Miami (Fla.)
10Presley, De'Andre WR5-101901/10/19901Appalachian State
36Reaves, Darrin RB5-102204/17/1993RAlabama-Birmingham
72Regis, Micanor DT6-330511/3/19891Miami (Fla.)
32Russell, Anderson DB6-02005/30/19873Ohio State
75Scott, Chris G6-43458/4/19873Tennessee
99Short, Kawann DT6-33152/2/19892Purdue
66Silatolu, Amini G6-43159/16/19883Midwestern State
52Smith, D.J. LB6-02402/24/19893Appalachian State
28Stewart, Jonathan RB5-102353/21/19877Oregon
22Thomas, Josh CB5-111855/3/19894Buffalo
35Tolbert, Mike FB5-924511/23/19857Coastal Carolina
70Turner, Trai G6-33206/14/1993RLouisiana State
69Velasco, Fernando G6-43102/22/19855Georgia
74Walker, Casey DT6-133512/6/19891Oklahoma
14Webb, Joe QB6-423011/14/19865Alabama-Birmingham
23White, Melvin CB6-12056/26/19902Louisiana-Lafayette
43Whittaker, Fozzy RB5-102022/2/19892Texas
65Williams, Garry T6-33158/20/19866Kentucky
34Williams, DeAngelo RB5-92154/25/19839Memphis
54Williams, Jason LB6-12454/23/19866Western Illinois
86Williams, Brandon TE6-425010/12/19872Oregon
39Zordich, Michael FB6-124510/29/19892Penn State
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5Blanchard, Matt (IR) QB6-32253/21/19891Wis.-Whitewater
60Matthews, Kevin (IR) C6-33002/4/19874Texas A&M
70Kugbila, Edmund (IR) OL6-43259/21/19902Valdosta State
80Jefferson, D.C. (IR) TE6-62655/7/19892Rutgers
 
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Matt Blanchard
News
The Panthers placed quarterback Matt Blanchard, tight end D.C. Jefferson and offensive lineman Kevin Matthews on injured reserve, ending their seasons. Receiver De'Andre Presley was placed on reserve/PUP, meaning he's ineligible for the first six games.
Injury
Colin Jones
News
The Panthers extended the contracts of defensive end Mario Addison, safety Colin Jones and offensive tackle Nate Chandler. The team made the announcement on Wednesday. 

Addison received a two-year extension following three seasons of work in which he totaled 3.5 sakcs and 36 total tackles, most of which came on special teams. Jones also got a two-year extension and has similarly contributed on special teams, tallying 27 total tackles over 44 games. 

Chandler got a three-year extension and should begin the season as a starting tackle for the Panthers. 

Josh Thomas
News
Panthers defensive back Josh Thomas didn't factor into many plays in Week 12, but he came up with one big one in a 20-16 win over the Dolphins. Thomas ended Miami's first drive of the game when he picked off quarterback Ryan Tannehill for his first career interception. He added one tackle in the game.
Injury
Undisclosed - NFI. Questionable for start of regular season
Fernando Velasco
News
The Panthers signed center Fernando Velasco, who started 11 games for the Steelers last year.
Roman Harper
News
According to the team's official website, the following players are not expected to dressfor the Panthers Friday night against New England: Offensive tackle Nate Chandler (knee) and guard Trai Turner (groin), defensive end Charles Johnson (hamstring), linebacker Chase Blackburn (back), Darrin Reaves (leg) and safeties Roman Harper (toe) and Tre Boston (groin).
Injury
Toe - Probable for Week 1 at Tampa Bay
Colin Cole
News
The Panthers have re-signed defensive lineman Colin Cole, according to a report from the Charlotte Observer Tuesday. Cole will return to the Panthers on a one-year deal, after starting 13 games a year ago in his return from a two-year absence due to injuries.

Cole played 31 percent of the team's defensive snaps in all, finishing with 15 tackles and a sack. Financial terms of the deal are not yet known. 

Amini Silatolu
News
Panthers starting left guard Amini Silatolu, who tore his ACL in Week 4 last season, should be "ready to roll" when the offseason program begins in April, reports the team's website. The return of the 6-4, 311-pounder would be a big boost to Cam Newton and the entire offense.

Silatolu was a second-round pick in 2012.

Richie Brockel
News
The Panthers re-signed tight end/fullback Richie Brockel to a two-year contract and guard Garry Williams to a one-year deal.
Brian Folkerts
News
The Panthers made a few roster moves Wednesday. They signed center Brian Folkerts and wide receiver Marvin McNutt to the active roster, while also signing linebacker Ben Jacobs and linebacker Jeff Tapinian to the practice squad.
Charles Godfrey
News
Panthers cornerback Charles Godfrey has been slow to adjust to his new position in his transition from safety, ESPN.com reports.

Godfrey, who is returning from a torn Achilles, has what coach Ron Rivera calls "dirty eyes," peeking into the backfield during plays and getting beat deep. He has an uphill battle ahead if he wants to win a starting job before the beginning of the season.

Greg Hardy
News
Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy did not practice Sunday due to a bruised shoulder, reports the Charlotte Observer.
Josh Norman
News
The Panthers have listed WR Tavarres King, WR Marvin McNutt, CB Josh Norman, RB Jonathan Stewart, LB Dan Connor, OL Travis Bond and DE Wes Horton as inactive against the 49ers. 

Stewart attempted to get through practice this week despite a knee injury. The other six players are healthy scratches.

Carrington Byndom
No Updates
Denicos Allen
No Updates
Kelvin Benjamin
News
Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin jammed his middle finger during Thursday's preseason finale against the Steelers in Pittsburgh, the Charlotte Observer reports. Benjamin told the paper that the injury is not considered to be serious.

He was targeted seven times and had four catches for 56 yards. He finished the preseason with 12 receptions for 173 yards and a touchdown. Benjamin should be ready for the season opener at Tampa Bay on Sept. 7.
Philly Brown
No Updates
Thomas Davis
News
The Panthers restructured the contract of veteran linebacker Thomas Davis, creating $3.25 million in cap room this season, reports the Charlotte Observer. This is the fourth time in three years the team has renegotiatied with Davis due to his injuries or for cap reasons, the report said.
Jonathan Stewart
News
Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart made his preseason debut and barreled into the end zone twice Sunday night at home against the Chiefs.

Stewart's first touch of the preseason resulted in a 17-yard dash. On the fourth drive of the night, he broke a tackle and found the end zone from 2 yards out in the second quarter. On the ensuing drive, he ripped a 3-yard scamper for a touchdown.

Stewart was pulled after five series with the first-team offense. He took four handoffs for 26 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 6.5 yards per attempt. He was not targeted in the passing game.
Kevin Matthews
News
The Panthers placed quarterback Matt Blanchard, tight end D.C. Jefferson and offensive lineman Kevin Matthews on injured reserve, ending their seasons. Receiver De'Andre Presley was placed on reserve/PUP, meaning he's ineligible for the first six games.
Injury
Kevin Hughes
News
Quarterback Vince Young, running back Alex Green and tight end D.J. Williams were among the veterans cut by the Packers on Saturday. But the team waived many more in getting down to the mandated 53.

The following are also gone: fullback Jonathan Amosa, safeties Chaz Powell and David Fulton, centers Patrick Lewis and Garth Gerhart, tackle Kevin Hughes, wide receivers Miles White, Tyrone Walker and Charles Johnson, linebackers Donte Savage, Dezman Moses and Terrell Manning, cornerbacks Brandon Smith, James Nixon and Loyce Means, defensive tackle Jordan Miller, and tight ends Jake Stoneburner and Matthew Mulligan

Garry Williams
News
The Panthers re-signed tight end/fullback Richie Brockel to a two-year contract and guard Garry Williams to a one-year deal.
Tom Nelson
News
The Panthers signed safety Tom Nelson, who last played in the NFL in 2011 with the Eagles.
David Foucault
No Updates
Cam Newton
News
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said quarterback Cam Newton's rib injury won't limit the offense, suggesting the team will still run zone-read plays, reports the Charlotte Observer.
Injury
Ribs - Probable for Week 1 at Tampa Bay
Antoine Cason
News
What was expected is now reportedly official. The Panthers have signed free agent cornerback Antoine Cason to a one-year contract, per Pro Football Talk. Cason served as a reserve with Arizona in 2013, but gained playing time late in the season.
Ed Dickson
News
New Panthers tight end Ed Dickson heads into training camp looking to solidify his role as the No. 2 option behind starter Greg Olsen, reports the Charlotte Observer.

Dickson had "an impressive showing during OTAs." He had 25 catches for 273 yards and one touchdown last year in Baltimore.

DeAngelo Williams
News
Panthers running backs Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams barely made any noise Friday night against the Patriots in Foxboro.

Stewart caught a short pass from Cam Newton and found an opening for a 20-yard gain in the first quarter. It was his only grab of the night. He took four handoffs for 11 yards. Williams was not targeted in the passing game and finished with nine rushing yards on five carries, averaging only 1.8 yards per attempt.
Robert Lester
News
Panthers defensive back Robert Lester, who suffered an AC sprain in the preseason opener, returned to action Sunday at home against Kansas City. Lester registered one tackle in his return.
Thomas DeCoud
News
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday that safety Thomas DeCoud aggravated an old leg injury and did not practice, The Associated Press reported. No timetable was given as to his return. 
Graham Gano
News
Panthers kicker Graham Gano made his preseason debut Sunday night at home against Kansas City. He wasn't needed on any fourth downs and finished 4 for 4 in extra point attempts. 
A.J. Klein
News
Panthers defensive lineman Greg Hardy and linebacker A.J. Klein both contributed a sack Week 13 against the Buccaneers. For Hardy, it was his seventh sack of the season. For Klein, it was just his second.

The sack was Hardy's only tackle on the day. Klein finished with three, all solo.

Trai Turner
News
According to the team's official website, the following players are not expected to dressfor the Panthers Friday night against New England: Offensive tackle Nate Chandler (knee) and guard Trai Turner (groin), defensive end Charles Johnson (hamstring), linebacker Chase Blackburn (back), Darrin Reaves (leg) and safeties Roman Harper (toe) and Tre Boston (groin).
Nate Chandler
News
According to the team's official website, the following players are not expected to dressfor the Panthers Friday night against New England: Offensive tackle Nate Chandler (knee) and guard Trai Turner (groin), defensive end Charles Johnson (hamstring), linebacker Chase Blackburn (back), Darrin Reaves (leg) and safeties Roman Harper (toe) and Tre Boston (groin).
Adarius Glanton
No Updates
Greg Olsen
News
Panthers tight end Greg Olsen did little Friday night against the Patriots in exhibition action. Olsen caught a short 5-yard pass on the opening drive and a 16-yard pass from Cam Newton late in the second quarter. He played the first two quarters and was targeted four times. He finished with two catches for 21 yards. 
Tre Boston
News
According to the team's official website, the following players are not expected to dressfor the Panthers Friday night against New England: Offensive tackle Nate Chandler (knee) and guard Trai Turner (groin), defensive end Charles Johnson (hamstring), linebacker Chase Blackburn (back), Darrin Reaves (leg) and safeties Roman Harper (toe) and Tre Boston (groin).
Injury
Hernia - PUP. Questionable for start of regular season
Drake Nevis
News
The Panthers claimed defensive tackle Drake Nevis off waivers from the Jaguars, reports ESPN's Adam Caplan. He played in 12 games for the Cowboys and Jags last year.
Brad Nortman
No Updates
Kony Ealy
News
With the 60th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Panthers selected Mizzou defensive end Kony Ealy .

A tall pass rusher at 6-foot-4 but built strong at 273 pounds, Ealy posted 43 tackles, including 14.5 for loss and 9.5 sacks and three forced fumbles last year. There's concern that he's not good at stopping the run and might only be a factor in obvious passing situations, but he's a big-bodied player with moves to get to the quarterback. He'll get in the Panthers' devastating pass rush rotation. 

Bene Benwikere
News
The Panthers signed two draft picks, fourth-round safety Tre Boston and fifth-round corner Bene Benwikere, and undrafted free agent linebacker Billy Boyko.

Mario Addison
News
The Panthers extended the contracts of defensive end Mario Addison, safety Colin Jones and offensive tackle Nate Chandler. The team made the announcement on Wednesday. 

Addison received a two-year extension following three seasons of work in which he totaled 3.5 sakcs and 36 total tackles, most of which came on special teams. Jones also got a two-year extension and has similarly contributed on special teams, tallying 27 total tackles over 44 games. 

Chandler got a three-year extension and should begin the season as a starting tackle for the Panthers. 

Marcus Lucas
No Updates
Melvin White
News
The Panthers defense played well Sunday in Week 17 at Atlanta, highlighted by nine sacks in a 21-20 victory.

The leader of the defense was Greg Hardy with four sacks. Charles Johnson also added two sacks. Melvin White also had an interception for a touchdown.

The Panthers are off until the Divisional Round of the playoffs. They locked up the No. 2 seed in the NFC and a first-round bye after winning the NFC South title.

D.J. Smith
News
The Chargers have claimed linebacker D.J. Smith off waivers from the Packers.
Andrew McDonald
News
The Panthers signed their entire practice squad to reserve/futures contracts, reports the Charlotte Observer. The squad consists of wideout Brenton Bersin, quarterback Matt Blanchard, linebacker Ben Jacobs, guard Michael Jasper, tight end D.C. Jefferson, offensive tackle Andrew McDonald, cornerback DeAndre Presley and defensive end Craig Roh.
Darrin Reaves
News
According to the team's official website, the following players are not expected to dressfor the Panthers Friday night against New England: Offensive tackle Nate Chandler (knee) and guard Trai Turner (groin), defensive end Charles Johnson (hamstring), linebacker Chase Blackburn (back), Darrin Reaves (leg) and safeties Roman Harper (toe) and Tre Boston (groin).
Kawann Short
News
The Panthers have officially ruled defensive linemen Greg Hardy (illness) and Kawann Short (ankle) active for Week 5 at Arizona. Both were labeled probable leading up to Sunday.
Luke Kuechly
News
NFL Defensive Player of the Year Luke Kuechly said he's working on his pass rushing moves.

"I just think that everybody's goal is to get better, and that's my goal," Kuechly told the team's website. "My personal goals are really to just get better at pass rush, working on some moves, working on counter-moves that will allow me to do some more things. I think last year I got stuck in a couple spots in pass rush and it led to big plays because they were counting on me getting there and I wasn't quite able to.

"Same thing with pass coverage. I was talking to Thomas (Davis) about it a little bit today and he said it's just you've got to be confident in what you're doing. The more reps I get at it, the more confident I'll get, the better I'll feel about it."

Kuechly, a 23-year-old linebacker, had 156 tackles, seven pass breakups, four interceptions and two sacks last year.

Ben Jacobs
News
The Panthers signed their entire practice squad to reserve/futures contracts, reports the Charlotte Observer. The squad consists of wideout Brenton Bersin, quarterback Matt Blanchard, linebacker Ben Jacobs, guard Michael Jasper, tight end D.C. Jefferson, offensive tackle Andrew McDonald, cornerback DeAndre Presley and defensive end Craig Roh.
Wes Horton
News
The Panthers have listed WR Tavarres King, WR Marvin McNutt, CB Josh Norman, RB Jonathan Stewart, LB Dan Connor, OL Travis Bond and DE Wes Horton as inactive against the 49ers. 

Stewart attempted to get through practice this week despite a knee injury. The other six players are healthy scratches.

Anderson Russell
News
The Panthers signed safety Anderson Russell, reports the National Football Post. Russell played for Carolina in 2012 and for Washington in 2010. He has two career tackles.
Charles Johnson
News
According to the team's official website, the following players are not expected to dressfor the Panthers Friday night against New England: Offensive tackle Nate Chandler (knee) and guard Trai Turner (groin), defensive end Charles Johnson (hamstring), linebacker Chase Blackburn (back), Darrin Reaves (leg) and safeties Roman Harper (toe) and Tre Boston (groin).
Joe Webb
News
Panthers quarterback Joe Webb will be on the final 53-man roster, Panthers.com reports.

"This is an out-of-necessity move, but at the same time Joe had earned that consideration from the beginning," head coach Ron Rivera said. "It's a tough position to be in because we're going to have to let a good player go to keep an extra quarterback, but because of our situation we need to."

Cam Newton and Derek Anderson are both expected to be ready for Week 1, but Webb is due for plenty of action in the team's final preseason game Thursday.

Edmund Kugbila
News
Panthers guard Edmund Kugbila will undergo surgery Friday to repair cracks in his spinal cord, reports the Charlotte Observer. The 2013 fourth-round pick is out for the year.
Injury
Dwan Edwards
News
Panthers defensive tackle Dwan Edwards was ruled active for Sunday's contest against the Jets in Week 15. Edwards was listed as "non-injury" on the injury report this week. He has 13 total tackles (nine solo) on the year.
D.C. Jefferson
News
The Panthers placed quarterback Matt Blanchard, tight end D.C. Jefferson and offensive lineman Kevin Matthews on injured reserve, ending their seasons. Receiver De'Andre Presley was placed on reserve/PUP, meaning he's ineligible for the first six games.
Injury
Jason Williams
News
The Panthers re-signed linebacker Jason Williams, reports the Charlotte Observer. Williams is a key special teams player who blocked a punt against the Jets last year.
Micanor Regis
News
The Falcons have announced a number of cuts. Included on the list are cornerbacks Terrence Johnson and Peyton Thompson, linebackers Brian Banks and Pat Schiller, defensive linemen Neal Huynh and Micanor Regis, placekicker Jeremy Shelley, running back Ronnie Wingo, guard Theo Goins and tackle Alec Savoie.
Mike McNeill
News
Running back Darrin Reaves, linebacker Chase Blackburn, safety Roman Harper, safety Tre Boston and tight end Mike McNeill are among the Panthers not playing Sunday against the Chiefs in exhibition action.
Injury
Knee - Questionable for Week 1 at Tampa Bay
Star Lotulelei
News
The Panthers drafted defensive tackle Star Lotulelei 14th overall last April and got "everything they hoped for," according to the team's website. The 6-2, 315-pound rookie helped Carolina improve from 14th in run defense (110.1 yards allowed per game) to second in 2013 (86.9).

He started all 16 regular-season games, getting 47 tackles, three sacks and 11 quarterback pressures. In the playoff loss to San Francisco, Lotulelei made six tackles, one for loss.

Derek Anderson
News
Panthers backup quarterback Derek Anderson is set to start Thursday night in Pittsburgh after flying to that city in the morning following the birth of his first child. He won't play beyond the first quarter.

Anderson will start in place of Cam Newton, who has made the trip despite being sidelined with fractured ribs sustained Friday night against New England.

Jerricho Cotchery
News
As expected, Panthers coach Ron Rivera named rookie Kelvin Benjamin and veterans Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant the team's top three receivers, reports the Associated Press. Benjamin continues to look good in camp, especially in the red zone.
Mike Tolbert
News
Panthers coach Ron Rivera doesn't want running back Mike Tolbert to lose too much weight, reports the Charlotte Observer. Tolbert has dropped 13 pounds to 250.

"The biggest thing that we want for him is to continue to maintain that weight and he maintains an effective play," Rivera said. "We don’t want him to lose that nose for the goal line that he has. A lot of times he’s our fourth-down, go-to guy. He’s our crunch-time guy. That’s why it’s important for him to be in shape and be ready to go."

Tolbert has run for 12 touchdowns in two seasons with Carolina and figures to get a slew of goal-line carries again this year.

Chris Scott
News
Guard Chris Scott signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Panthers. The exclusive rights free agent made eight starts for Carolina last year.
J.J. Jansen
No Updates
Casey Walker
News
The Panthers announced Wednesday they signed quarterback Matt Blanchard to the practice squad and released defensive tackle Casey Walker from the practice squad to clear a roster spot.
Tavarres King
News
Jerricho Cotchery and rookie Kelvin Benjamin will start while Jason Avant works as the third receiver. That's the prediction of how the Panthers will re-stock their receiving corps according to the Charlotte Observer

The paper thinks Tiquan Underwood might have cost himself an opportunity after dropping a lot of passes through the OTAs. Rarely-used receivers Marvin McNutt and Tavarres King don't look like full-time players just yet. The paper suggested Brenton Bersin as a candidate to step into a small role -- the 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver is a favorite of Cam Newton's and he knows every receiving spot, which the coaches like. 

Carolina's offense figures to use more two-tight end sets with Greg Olsen and Ed Dickson the primary weapons. 

Andrew Norwell
No Updates
De'Andre Presley
News
The Panthers placed quarterback Matt Blanchard, tight end D.C. Jefferson and offensive lineman Kevin Matthews on injured reserve, ending their seasons. Receiver De'Andre Presley was placed on reserve/PUP, meaning he's ineligible for the first six games.
Frank Alexander
News
Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander has been suspended without pay for the team's first four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL policy and program for substances of abuse, the team announced Friday.

He will be eligible to return to the Panthers' active roster on Monday, Sept. 29 following the team's game against the Ravens on Sept. 28. Alexander may participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

The two-year veteran played in 12 games with three starts last season and posted 12 tackles, one sack, five quarterback pressures, one fumble recovery and two passes defensed.

Injury
Suspension - 4-game suspension. Eligible to return Week 5 vs. Chicago
Ryan Kalil
News
The Panthers restructured center Ryan Kalil's contract, reducing his 2014 base salary from $4.75 million to $855,000 and converting the remainder to a signing bonus, reports the Charlotte Observer. Kalil is one of three Panthers who had his deal redone, enabling Carolina to create $7.25 million in cap room.

Kalil's 2014 cap number fell from $10.4 million to $7.3 million.

Jason Avant
News
As expected, Panthers coach Ron Rivera named rookie Kelvin Benjamin and veterans Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant the team's top three receivers, reports the Associated Press. Benjamin continues to look good in camp, especially in the red zone.
Fozzy Whittaker
News
The Panthers signed former Browns running back Fozzy Whittaker, reports NFL Network.
Derek Dennis
News
The Bears announced Monday they made four roster moves.

They signed offensive tackle Jonathan Scott to a one-year contract and waived tight end Kyle Adams. They also signed quarterback Jerrod Johnson to the practice squad, while releasing offensive lineman Derek Dennis.

Michael Zordich
News
The Panthers  have waived/injured offensive tackle Bruce Campbell, wide receiver Kealoha Pilares and fullback Michael Zordich, the National Football Post is reporting. The team traded running back Mike Goodson for Campbell in March 2012. Campbell appeared in five games last season with no starts.
Byron Bell
News
With Jordan Gross' retirement, the Panthers will have a new left tackle in 2014. The team's website says the competition is between Byron Bell, who started 14 games at right tackle last year, and Nate Chandler, who started six games at guard and two at right tackle.

Chandler is a converted defensive lineman who went undrafted out of UCLA in 2012.

Brandon Williams
News
The Ravens have ruled out defensive back Asa Jackson, safety Omar Brown, linebacker Albert McClellan, center Ryan Jensen, wide receiver Deonte Thompson, tight end Dallas Clark and defensive tackle Brandon Williams inactive for Sunday's home game against the Patriots in Week 16.
Brenton Bersin
News
Jerricho Cotchery and rookie Kelvin Benjamin will start while Jason Avant works as the third receiver. That's the prediction of how the Panthers will re-stock their receiving corps according to the Charlotte Observer

The paper thinks Tiquan Underwood might have cost himself an opportunity after dropping a lot of passes through the OTAs. Rarely-used receivers Marvin McNutt and Tavarres King don't look like full-time players just yet. The paper suggested Brenton Bersin as a candidate to step into a small role -- the 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver is a favorite of Cam Newton's and he knows every receiving spot, which the coaches like. 

Carolina's offense figures to use more two-tight end sets with Greg Olsen and Ed Dickson the primary weapons. 

Chase Blackburn
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