After sitting out the 2014 season, cornerback Chris Houston signed with the Carolina Panthers in hopes of making a comeback to the NFL. Well that comeback lasted a little less than two months as the cornerback has decided to retire on Tuesday.
Houston was a second round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 2007 and played three seasons there before being traded to the Detroit Lions. He suffered a toe injury at the end of the 2013 season and wasn’t fully recovered prior to last season. The Lions decided to release the cornerback prior to the start of the season, only one year into a five year extension.
Houston looked pretty good in the early part of training camp and was covering Ted Ginn Jr. on the play Saturday where both plays leapt over the picket fence in the back of the end zone. He did sit out of practice on Sunday with soreness in his toe but returned to practice Monday.
This is the second player the Panthers have had retire in the last week. Prior to the start of training camp, offensive tackle Jonathan Martin decided to retire due to a back injury.
While, neither player were expected to be starters both provided veteran depth at key positions. This was going to be a huge boost for the Panthers as they struggled with depth at these positions last season.
The Panthers were off today but will be back on the practice field tomorrow from 9:25 AM – 11:35 AM.
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