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Notes: Armanti Edwards joins Cleveland Browns

CLEVELAND The Cleveland Browns signed free agent wide receiver Armanti Edwards on Tuesday. Edwards previously played under coach Rod Chudzinski in Carolina.

The 5-foot-11 Edwards returned punts for the Panthers and he might get a shot to do that with the Browns after Travis Benjamin sustained a season-ending knee injury on Sunday while returning a punt in the third quarter.

Edwards was the star quarterback for Appalachian State from 2006-2009 where he won two FCS championships.

Cleveland placed the speedy Benjamin on injured reserve as he waits to have surgery.

Panthers sign ex-Bears QB

The Panthers signed former Chicago Bears quarterback Matt Blanchard to their practice squad, the team announced Tuesday night. Blanchard, 24, spent most of last season on the Bears’ practice squad and played in their 24-17 loss to Carolina in the preseason opener this year.

Blanchard, who played at Division III Wisconsin-Whitewater, completed 15 of 18 passes for 194 yards against the Panthers. But his interception was returned for a touchdown by Josh Norman for the difference in the game.

The Panthers have stuck with two quarterbacks since placing Jimmy Clausen on injured reserve in August when setting their final roster. Backup quarterback Derek Anderson has been running the scout team, a task Blanchard will likely handle.

To make room for Blanchard, the Panthers cut practice squad defensive tackle Casey Walker.

Joseph Person

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