Carolina Panthers

Panthers sign a reinforcement for their suddenly thin defensive tackle rotation

Former Philadelphia defensive lineman Connor Wujciak missed last season with a shoulder injury and was waived in February without having played a down for the Eagles.
Former Philadelphia defensive lineman Connor Wujciak missed last season with a shoulder injury and was waived in February without having played a down for the Eagles. AP

The Panthers made a move Saturday to address their suddenly thin defensive tackle rotation, thought to be one of their strengths entering training camp.

Carolina signed former Eagles defensive tackle Connor Wujciak and waived/injured defensive lineman Drew Iddings, who has been bothered by a shoulder injury.

Starting defensive tackles Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei have been healthy. But top backups Vernon Butler and Kyle Love have been sidelined by knee and ankle issues, respectively.

Butler could miss the entire preseason with a sprained knee, while Love has been out with a sprained ankle.

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Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Eric Crume (72), who was on the Panthers’ practice squad last year, had two tackles and played more than 60 snaps during the exhibition win against Houston. David T. Foster III dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Their injuries have meant more playing time for some young interior linemen. Eric Crume, who was on the Panthers’ practice squad last year, had two tackles and played more than 60 snaps during the exhibition win against Houston.

“The hard part for them is they’re getting a lot of work,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “The unfortunate part is you’ll see them early in the game, they’ll do well. Then later on they’ll run out of gas.”

Wujciak signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent last year after a standout career at Boston College. He missed last season with a shoulder injury and was waived in February without having played a down for Philadelphia.

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