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Panthers CB Chris Houston retires after 9 years

Carolina Panthers cornerback Chris Houston holds the ball on his finger tips as he leaps into the air to catch a ball during practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Saturday, August 1, 2015.
Carolina Panthers cornerback Chris Houston holds the ball on his finger tips as he leaps into the air to catch a ball during practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Saturday, August 1, 2015. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Just days after being part of one of the most exciting plays in this year’s Panthers’ training camp, veteran cornerback Chris Houston has opted to retire.

A nine-year veteran of the NFL, Houston, 30, sat out last season following toe surgery. He injured his toe again Saturday and sat out Sunday but returned to practice Monday. On Tuesday, the Panthers announced his decision to retire.

The Lions released Houston in 2014 after it became clear it’d take time for him to return from the injury. The Panthers added him in June as insurance for cornerback Charles Tillman, who’s suffered triceps injuries each of the past two seasons.

On Saturday Houston was involved in a play that made nearly everyone at Wofford College hold their breath. Receiver Ted Ginn Jr. hauled in a deep Cam Newton pass with Houston in coverage.

A white fence in the back of the endzone came up quickly on Ginn and Houston, and both men had to leap over the fence rather than running through it.

This is the second player to retire with the Panthers in the past two weeks. Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, 25, declared his intention to retire, though the paperwork has yet to become official.

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