Panthers waive returner Ray-Ray McCloud

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CHARLOTTE -- The Panthers will have a new returner coming out of the bye week.

Carolina has waived Ray-Ray McCloud, a cut-day acquisition who has been the team's punt and kick returner since the start of the season.

McCloud returned 10 punts for 82 yards (39 yards was his longest effort), but he fumbled the ball three times. His fumbled punt against Tampa Bay this past Sunday set up a Bucs touchdown. The second-year wide receiver from Clemson fumbled twice against Tampa Bay in the Week 2 matchup.

"He's an explosive, dynamic player, we know that," head coach Ron Rivera said. "But putting the ball on the ground is a little risky. We have to take care of the football better."

The Panthers also released wide receiver Tyron Johnson from the practice squad.

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