Even though they are the top seed in the NFC playoffs, the Carolina Panthers are continually trying to find ways to improve. The Panthers decided to bring back defensive end Wes Horton, signing him to the practice squad and hopefully add depth to this defensive line. The team had an open spot on the practice squad after promoting defensive back Louis Young to the active roster to replace Charles Tillman, who was placed on injured reserve.
Horton was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Panthers in 2013 and played in 26 games over his first two seasons with the team, and registered five sacks. The 2015 season though has been a rollercoaster for the defensive end, one that saw him start Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints then released on October 3rd to create a roster spot for David Foucalt. He was re-signed three days later and was once again starting for the Panthers in Week 6 against the Seattle Seahawks.
The bad news wasn't over for Horton though as he was suspended on November 23rd for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs and served a four game suspension. The Panthers released him shortly after he served the suspension.
The reason the Panthers' decided to bring Horton back, according to Ron Rivera, was because of his ability to play all positions along the defensive line and he is already familiar with the defensive scheme. The head coach was asked if this move was made with an eye to next season or the postseason and he said "Both."
Horton this year has seven tackles and one sack in eight games.