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Panthers cut WR Stephen Hill, 10 others before deadline

Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman, right, talks with receiver Stephen Hill during an early August practice at Wofford in Spartanburg. The Panthers cut Hill on Sunday.
Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman, right, talks with receiver Stephen Hill during an early August practice at Wofford in Spartanburg. The Panthers cut Hill on Sunday. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

The Stephen Hill experiment with the Carolina Panthers is over.

The Panthers cut the former second-round pick Sunday afternoon, and he was among 11 players who were cut before Tuesday afternoon’s deadline.

Hill, a wide receiver who had 45 career receptions in two seasons with the Jets, was trying to come back from a devastating knee injury suffered in last year’s training camp. He never could regain his speed or mobility though, and he lumbered through this year’s camp.

“Stephen came in and did the best he could under the circumstances,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “He gave us everything that he (had). That was a great thing that he was able to come back and participate in games. I’m just real proud of who he was for us and the effort he gave us.”

The Panthers also released offensive tackle David Foucault. Carolina signed the Canadian in 2014 in hopes of being able to mold him into an NFL tackle. He was thrust into a starting role for a game in his rookie season and struggled, and he spent almost all of 2015 on the practice squad.

The other cuts were: linebacker Jared Barber, wide receiver Miles Shuler, wide receiver Avius Capers, guard Reese Dismukes, offensive tackle Willie Smith, defensive tackle Ray Drew, defensive end Tom Lally, center Matt Masifilo and tight end Braxton Deaver.

Capers and Deaver are Charlotte natives. Smith had signed with the Panthers less than two weeks ago.

The Panthers must cut four more players before Tuesday’s NFL mandated deadline of 4 p.m. to get each team’s roster to 75.

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