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Carolina Panthers’ Travelle Wharton to announce retirement Tuesday

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Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
Carolina Panthers guard Travelle Wharton (70) will retire Tuesday.

SPARTANBURG Former Carolina Panthers offensive linemen Travelle Wharton and Jordan Gross would arrive at Bank of America Stadium together most mornings during the season.

The two are heading out together, too.

Wharton, 33, will announce his retirement Tuesday afternoon during a news conference at Wofford, ending his career where it began 10 years ago after the Panthers drafted the former South Carolina standout in the third round of the 2004 draft.

Wharton is expected to join Gross, his longtime teammate and neighbor, as a co-host on Gross’ weekly TV show on the Panthers’ newly launched channel on Time Warner Cable.

Gross retired after 11 seasons in February and will serve as the sideline reporter during the Panthers’ radio broadcasts.

Wharton did not want to comment ahead of Tuesday’s announcement.

Wharton was a starter for the Panthers until 2012, when he signed with Cincinnati. He blew out his knee in the first preseason game that year and never played a regular-season game with the Bengals.

He returned to Carolina last year after the Panthers had a spate of injuries at guard, and started 12 games at left guard.

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