The Carolina Panthers announced on Saturday that they have waived 11 players as they work to get to the 53-man roster limit by Tuesday. The moves are the first of several expected in the coming days as the team finalizes its roster for the regular season.
The players who were waived are:
- WR Omar Bayless
- RB Spencer Brown
- DT Frank Herron
- LB Clay Johnston
- WR Keith Kirkwood
- OL Aaron Monteiro
- CB Rashaan Melvin
- TE Stephen Sullivan
- OL Sam Tecklenburg
- LB Paddy Fisher
- K Matt Ammendola
Among the notable names, Kirkwood was a candidate for the fourth receiver spot, but he suffered a concussion in training camp after being hit by safety J.T. Ibe, who was waived immediately. Kirkwood had previously played for head coach Matt Rhule at Temple and for offensive coordinator Joe Brady with the Saints.
Sullivan was a seventh-round pick by the Seahawks in 2020 and was claimed by the Panthers in May. He converted from wide receiver to tight end and showed some flashes in the preseason, but he was buried on the depth chart behind Dan Arnold, Ian Thomas, Tommy Tremble, and Colin Thompson.
Ammendola was signed by the Panthers last week after they traded away kicker Joey Slye to the Texans. He made his only field goal attempt from 29 yards in the preseason finale against the Steelers, but he missed an extra point. The Panthers are expected to sign another kicker before the season opener, as they are not comfortable with rookie Ryan Santoso, who was acquired from the Giants on Thursday.
The Panthers still have 69 players on their roster, which means they have to make 16 more moves by Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET. Some of the players who were waived could be brought back to the practice squad if they clear waivers.
The Panthers will kick off their regular season on Sept. 12 against the Jets at Bank of America Stadium.