The Panthers began trimming their roster in preparation for the Oct. 8 season opener against the Seahawks by announcing today that they waived nine players while waiving/injured three others including wide receiver Kealoha Pilares, the team’s fifth-round draft pick in 2011.
The 25 year old native of Honolulu had just two receptions in 20 games with the Panthers although he did have a 101 yard kickoff return for a touchdown last year. Pilares injured his knee on the opening kickoff in Thursday night’s game against the Ravens.
The Panthers have until Tuesday to cut three more players to reach the NFL mandated 75 man roster limit.
Carolina waived nine – quarterback Colby Cameron, punter Jordan Gay, cornerback Nick Hixson, kicker Morgan Lineberry, wide receiver Dale Moss, defensive end Louis Nzegwu, linebacker Ryan Rau, safety Ricardo Silva and guard Justin Wells.
In addition to Pilares, the Panthers waived/injured tackle Bruce Campbell (rotator cuff) and fullback Michael Zordich (anterior cruciate ligament).
Zordich, 23, was signed by the Panthers as an undrafted free agent out of Penn State and is the son of 12 year NFL veteran, defensive back Mike Zordich.