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Carolina Panthers Release Mike Scrifes, Cut Roster Down to 74

The Carolina Panthers released four more players on Tuesday and placed Leonard Johnson on the reserve/non-football list to cut the team's roster to 74.

The Carolina Panthers made one big round of cuts on Sunday but needed to cut four more players by today at 4 PM to get down to the 75-man roster required by the NFL. The team was able to do just that by releasing Mike ScifresTrenton RobinsonRakim Cox and LaRon Byrd. They also made one additional move by placing Leonard Johnson on the reserve/non-football list.

The moves all made sense for the Panthers, especially Scifres, who essentially lost the punter job when the Panthers traded for Andy Lee on Monday. Scifres was a veteran punter who signed as a free agent after being released by the San Diego Chargers. However, he couldn't stay healthy and recently suffered a knee injury against the New England Patriots and forced the Panthers to look elsewhere.

Meanwhile, Robinson was a free agent signing by the Panthers during the offseason but suffered a pectoral injury that required surgery last week. The former Washington Redskins was brought in for depth at the safety position, something that the team is in desperate need of due to all the injuries.

The longest tenured player in this group of cuts was Rakim Cox, who was signed last year after the Veteran Combine. He showed flashes during training camp and preseason last year and spent the regular season on the team's practice squad.

However, he was not able to climb the depth chart this year due in large part to a back injury and the Panthers placed him on injured reserve. The team also placed LaRon Byrd on injured reserve with a concussion.

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