Panthers Lose Promising 2nd year Player; Trim Roster

There is nothing more painful to a sports fan than to see a promising young talent see their dream derailed by injury. The Panthers have certainly had their share of injury heartbreak the last few seasons. This year’s first (and hopefully last) season-ending injury was to WR Jason Carter who tore his ACL towards the end of Saturday’s game against the Redskins. The injury occurred at the end of a 30 yard punt return, his best effort of the night.

Here’s to hoping for a full recovery so he can give it another go next season. Good luck Jason.

In other roster news, the Panthers made four other moves to complete the cut down to 75:

Released:

CB Curtis Deloatch – Deloatch failed to impress enough to unseat Ricardo Colclough who will now make the team given the Carter injury.

Waived:

DE Casper Brinkley – The home grown product from USC just doesn’t have the speed, size and athleticism to compete at this time. He would have made a great story if he could have somehow found his way on the roster but the Panthers are too deep at DE (did I really just say that?)

TE Chris Conklin – With five TE’s on the roster this was an easy cut as Chad Upshaw has seen more minutes plus he gets the sympathy vote.

QB Lester Ricard – Ricard played pretty good at times and showed improvement though out camp. Whether he gets a shot with another team I don’t know but he has nothing to feel bad about. The kid gave it all he could but Brett Basanez has a better grasp on the offense and looked a little more polished with his mechanics and throws.

Don’t forget the Panthers play on Thursday night again as they complete the preseason against the Steelers.

 

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