Okay Panthers fans, we’re one week — one game closer to final cuts, waives, releases (whatever you want to call them) before the final 53-man roster is set to start the regular season. Tuesday was merely one step closer before the final process of going from 75 to 53 takes place in approximately one week.
Some players can breathe a little easier tonight, knowing that they have played well enough or shown enough promise to remain on the team for a little closer observation, as the Panthers trimmed their roster from 80 to the League-required 75.
First we’ll take a look at who the Panthers placed on the Injured-Reserve player list.
Newly-acquired free agent Wallace Wright was placed on IR, as he will need to under go surgery on his shoulder.
Defensive end Hilee Taylor was also among the select (unfortunate) few to find himself on the IR list, as well.
Two players were placed on waivers today. Drum roll…
No, Dwayne Jarrett was not among those to be cast away in hopes of finding a job elsewhere…at least not so far.
Wide receiver / special teams return specialist (who was pretty much an inactive participant for the better part of his time in Carolina ) Dexter Jackson was one player officially placed on waivers today, as was wide receiver Oliver Young.
Linebacker Thomas Davis was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list today, as the coaching and medical staff wait to see how Davis progresses or if he too will be placed on IR at some point this season.
Keep in mind that with the PUP, a team cannot activate a player from PUP at anytime through the first six weeks of regular season. A player placed on PUP does not count agains the team’s 53-man active roster. Once healthy enough, a player’s first chance at being activated is Week Six of the NFL regular season. At that time, the player (in this case Davis), can actively participate in practices with the team, and the team has three weeks to decide whether to activate the player to the 53-man roster or place the player on IR.
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