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Panthers trim roster to 53

Posted Aug 30, 2014

Guard Chris Scott, wide receiver Tavarres King, safety Robert Lester among players cut to reach 53-man roster limit.

CHARLOTTE – Guard Chris Scott, wide receiver Tavarres King and safety Robert Lester were among 21 players cut by the Panthers on Saturday to reach the 53-man roster limit for the regular season.

Scott played in 10 games with the first eight starts of his career for Carolina in 2013. He suffered a knee injury in Week 9 and did not play in the following six games.

King, who was claimed off waivers from Denver in 2013, was inactive for 10 games with Carolina. He was involved in a competitive battle for roster spots at wide receiver during training camp and the preseason.

Lester played in 12 games with four starts at strong safety last season as an undrafted rookie.

Defensive end Frank Alexander, who is suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL policy and program for substances of abuse, does not count against the roster limit until the suspension expires. At that point, the Panthers will have to make a corresponding roster move.

Click to view the 53-man roster.

Below is a complete list of the final cuts.

WAIVED
POS PLAYER
EXP COLLEGE
LB Denicos Allen R Michigan State
CB Carrington Byndom R Texas
G Derek Dennis 1 Temple
CB James Dockery 4 Oregon State
LB Adarius Glanton R Florida Atlantic
WR Tavarres King 2 Georgia
S Robert Lester 2 Alabama
WR Marcus Lucas R Missouri
T Andrew McDonald 1 Indiana
S Tom Nelson 3 Illinois State
DT Drake Nevis 4 Louisiana State
RB Darrin Reaves R Alabama-Birmingham
DT Micanor Regis 1 Miami (Fla.)
LB D.J. Smith 3 Appalachian State
CB Josh Thomas 4 Buffalo
DT Casey Walker 1 Oklahoma
FB Michael Zordich 2 Penn State
WAIVED/INJURED
POS PLAYER
EXP COLLEGE
T Kevin Hughes 2 Southeastern Louisiana
WAIVED/INJURY SETTLEMENT
POS PLAYER
EXP COLLEGE
TE Mike McNeill 4 Nebraska
S Anderson Russell 3 Ohio State
RELEASED
POS PLAYER
EXP COLLEGE
G Chris Scott 3 Tennessee