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Carolina Panthers cut 8 players ahead of Tuesday deadline

Independence and Johnson C. Smith alumnus Avius Capers was among the eight players the Panthers released Sunday.
Independence and Johnson C. Smith alumnus Avius Capers was among the eight players the Panthers released Sunday. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Carolina released eight players Sunday ahead of Tuesday’s deadline to trim the roster to 75.

Among the top names that were released were veteran tackle Tony Hills, linebacker Kevin Reddick and fullback Lee Ward.

The Panthers added Hills after Jonathan Martin’s surprise retirement. Reddick played in all three exhibitions and had a role on special teams after forcing a fumble in a playoff game against Arizona. Ward, a fan favorite, was a blocking fullback for the team’s third-string offense.

Also released Sunday were receivers Avius Capers and Paul Browning. Capers, an Independence and Johnson C. Smith graduate, played just one snap Friday against the Patriots.

Defensive end Steve Miller, tight end Dallas Walker and punter Matt Wile were also released.

The Panthers now sit with 81 players and must get to 75 by Tuesday afternoon. At that point they will also place receiver Kelvin Benjamin on the injured reserve after he tore his ACL earlier this month.

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