Panthers bring back LB Connor, add G Bond

The Carolina Panthers signed free-agent linebacker Dan Connor,

and added guard Travis Bond off the Minnesota Vikings’ practice

squad.

The team released defensive tackle Sione Fua and placed

cornerback James Dockery on injured reserve with a shoulder injury

to make room on the 53-man roster.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Connor has now come full circle after

being selected in the third round by the Panthers in 2008.

”I’m very excited to return,” said Connor, who spent four

seasons in Carolina.

The former Penn State linebacker played 42 games with the

Panthers, starting 19 before signing a free agent contact with the

Dallas Cowboys in 2012. He played in one game this season for the

New York Giants before being placed on the injured reserve list

with a neck injury.

The Giants released him from the injured reserve list Nov.

4.

Two people familiar with the deal say Connor agreed to a

one-year contract. The people spoke to The Associated Press on

Wednesday on condition of anonymity because terms of the deal were

not announced.

Connor’s best season came in 2011 when he had 75 tackles with

the Panthers.

The 6-foot-6, 330-pound Bond was a seventh-round pick by the

Vikings this season after attending North Carolina.

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