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Panthers claim TE Marcus Lucas off waivers from Bears

Carolina Panthers' Marcus Lucas (83) heads upfield for a gain past Buffalo Bills' Michael Buchanan (51) in the fourth quarter of their preseason game at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Friday, August 14, 2015. Carolina won 25-24.
Carolina Panthers' Marcus Lucas (83) heads upfield for a gain past Buffalo Bills' Michael Buchanan (51) in the fourth quarter of their preseason game at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Friday, August 14, 2015. Carolina won 25-24. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

The Panthers are getting a familiar face back in the locker room.

Tight end Marcus Lucas, who spent 2014 on the team’s practice squad, is back with Carolina after the team claimed him off waivers from the Bears.

A Missouri product, Lucas went undrafted in 2014 and signed with the Panthers. He spent all of 2014 on the practice squad and was released before the start of the 2015 season.

Lucas was given the nickname “Mucas” by quarterback Cam Newton.

Lucas spent a day on the Dolphins practice squad before being cut. He then went to Chicago, which cut him this week.

Lucas was a receiver when he came to Carolina before being converted to tight end. The Panthers now have eight tight ends on their roster after adding Beau Sandland, Jake McGee, Andrew Bonnett and Braxton Deaver since the final round of the draft.

Carolina now has 89 players on its 90-man roster.

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