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Carolina Panthers sign WR Stephen Hill to 1-year contract

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Stephen Hill (87), who is still recovering from ACL surgery, was signed to a one-year contract by the team on Monday.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Stephen Hill (87), who is still recovering from ACL surgery, was signed to a one-year contract by the team on Monday. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Carolina Panthers wide receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Stephen Hill have been rehab partners since both tore their ACLs at training camp in August.

Now they might get a chance to play together after the Panthers re-signed Hill to a one-year deal Monday.

Hill hasn’t appeared in a regular-season game since 2013, but he’s still young (he turns 25 in April) and the Panthers like his size (6-4, 215) and potential. After the Jets gave up on their 2012 second-round pick after two seasons, the Panthers picked him up and he spent 2014 on the practice squad.

He was on injured reserve all of last season after he injured his knee while attempting to make a catch during one of the first practices at Wofford. He also was suspended a game while he was sidelined for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

But the Panthers have hung with him.

“Stephen was with us in ’14, the entire year on the practice squad, and did a really nice job,” Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said last month at the NFL Scouting Combine. “That’s why we brought him back and then he blows the knee and now he’s got to rehab that.”

Joseph Person: 704-358-5123, @josephperson

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