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Panthers awarded DT Robert Thomas off waivers

Arkansas defensive tackle Robert Thomas (98) chases down a Samford quarterback in a 2013 game.
Arkansas defensive tackle Robert Thomas (98) chases down a Samford quarterback in a 2013 game. Getty Images

The Carolina Panthers got yet another defensive tackle Friday, one day after drafting Vernon Butler with their first-round pick.

Defensive tackle Robert Thomas was awarded to the Panthers on waivers from the Dolphins, which cut Thomas on Thursday.

Thomas will be deep in Carolina’s rotation. Kawann Short, Star Lotulelei, Paul Soliai and Butler are the Panthers’ top four defensive tackles.

Kyle Love returned this offseason on a one-year deal and figures to be ahead of Thomas.

Carolina figures to keep four defensive tackles and as many as five on the final roster in the fall.

Thomas, who’s 6-foot-3 and 325 pounds, went undrafted out of Arkansas in 2014. He spent two training camps with Washington, and he was on practice squads for Washington, Seattle and New England. He appeared in just one game for the Dolphins last season before going on injured reserve.

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