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After promoting Garrett Gilbert from practice squad, Panthers cut a quarterback

The Carolina Panthers waived a reserve safety on Monday to make room for quarterback Garrett Gilbert above, a former Texas and SMU quarterback who’s been with the team since the offseason.
The Carolina Panthers waived a reserve safety on Monday to make room for quarterback Garrett Gilbert above, a former Texas and SMU quarterback who’s been with the team since the offseason. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

The Carolina Panthers have signed quarterback from Garrett Gilbert from their practice squad.

The move briefly gave the Panthers four quarterbacks on the active roster, but on Tuesday the team released former University of Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya, according to a source.

Carolina had waived reserve safety Dezmen Southward on Monday to make room for Gilbert, the former Texas and SMU quarterback who’s been with the team since the offseason.

The Kaaya move leaves the Panthers an open spot on the 53-man roster. They could use that spot to bring in a linebacker as insurance for Luke Kuechly, who remains in the concussion protocol.

The Panthers put Gilbert on the practice squad in September after claiming Kaaya off waivers from Detroit. If Kaaya clears waivers, the Panthers could bring him back to their practice squad, where the team has two vacancies.

Gilbert, who completed 29 of 50 passes for 317 yards during the preseason, has spent time on the practice squads of three other teams, including New England.

Joseph Person: 704-358-5123, @josephperson

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