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Panthers waive 2013 4th rounder Edmund Kugbila

Edmund Kugbila (center) spent the majority of his two-year career with the Panthers rehabbing various injuries. Carolina waived the former fourth-round pick Wednesday.
Edmund Kugbila (center) spent the majority of his two-year career with the Panthers rehabbing various injuries. Carolina waived the former fourth-round pick Wednesday. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

The Panthers waived offensive lineman Edmund Kugbila on Wednesday after two years, at least four surgeries and only one completed practice.

Kugbila, a 6-foot-4, 325-pound guard from Valdosta State, never appeared in a game for the Panthers.

Drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, Kugbila went on the injured reserve in his rookie season with a left knee injury.

He finished just one rookie minicamp practice before suffering a leg injury. He returned midway through training camp in August of 2013 but tweaked his hamstring and did not finish the practice.

The following month Kugbila had surgery on his MCL and PCL. In May 2014 he had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Kugbila rehabbed throughout the offseason but was again placed on the injured reserve during training camp when it was discovered he’d need surgery to repair cracks in his spinal cord.

His draft selection was a curious one at the time. Kugbila had struggled with weight during his time at the Division II school, and Carolina had a bevy of players at that position in 2013.

Kugbila is the second player drafted by the Panthers in the past two years to never play for the team. The 2014 sixth-round pick Tyler Gaffney was scooped up by New England off waivers when the Panthers tried to get him on the injured reserve last training camp.

The Panthers signed defensive tackle Chas Alecxih, who participated in the team’s tryout camp two weeks ago. Alecxih has spent time with Miami, Kansas City and San Diego since going undrafted out of the University of Pittsburgh in 2012.

Carolina’s roster is full with 90 players.

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