CHARLOTTE – The Panthers have added some depth to their offensive line, claiming offensive tackle John Theus off waivers from the 49ers. Carolina also added rookie kicker Harrison Butker to the practice squad one day after waiving him.
To make room for Theus on the 53-man roster, the Panthers placed cornerback Cole Luke on injured reserve with an ankle injury. Luke, an undrafted rookie out of Notre Dame, missed the season opener and missed practice Wednesday after trying to give it a go Tuesday.
Theus, a 6-foot-6, 303-pounder, started 48 games at the University of Georgia and was on the All-SEC first team as a senior. He was selected by San Francisco in the fifth round of the 2016 draft and played in the final four games of his rookie season, including a start at right tackle. Theus was inactive for the 49ers' season-opening loss to the Panthers.
Butker, the Panthers' seventh-round draft choice, was waived Tuesday to make room for cornerback LaDarius Gunter, who in the absence of Luke will provide secondary depth. The Panthers also recently added corner Kevon Seymour, who was acquired in a trade with a Bills team that is set to visit Bank of America Stadium on Sunday.
The Panthers cut defensive tackle Eric Crume to make room for Butker.