CHARLOTTE — With defensive tackle Kawann Short (foot) and defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos (concussion) ruled out for Sunday's game, the Panthers have elevated practice squad defensive tackle Woodrow Hamilton to the active roster.
Under the new collective bargaining agreement rules, up to two practice squad players may be elevated to the active roster each week. That can happen a maximum of two times for each individual player before he must be signed to the 53-man roster.
This is the first of Hamilton's two available activations.
Hamilton has been with Carolina since the 2019 offseason, spending most of his time on the practice squad. This is his fifth year in the league, having originally signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2016. Hamilton has played in two career regular-season games plus a postseason contest with New Orleans in 2017.
The Panthers have also signed cornerback Trumaine Johnson and kicker Kai Forbath to their practice squad.
Johnson has played in 102 career games with 77 starts between the Rams and Jets. He was a Rams' third-round pick in 2012. Back in 2015, his seven interceptions tied for third most in the league. He's recorded 23 career interceptions, which is tied for sixth among all players since 2012.
Forbath has appeared in games for six teams across his career, which also started in 2012. Last season, he appeared in one game for New England, making a 23-yard field goal and one of his two extra-point attempts. He then served as Dallas' kicker for the last three games of the year, going 10-of-10 on both field goals and extra points. Forbath owns a career 86.8 field goal percentage and 93.8 extra point percentage.
As corresponding moves, the Panthers released defensive back T.J. Green and offensive lineman Aaron Monterio from the practice squad.
Carolina is 25-19 all-time against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, posting a 13-10 record at home and 12-9 on the road.