Panthers place 2 on IR; release OL Bridges

The Carolina Panthers placed defensive end Antwan Applewhite and

free safety Sherrod Martin on injured reserve Tuesday and released

offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges.

The Panthers filled the open roster spots by signing running

back Armond Smith and offensive lineman Thomas Austin to the active

roster from the practice squad and signing defensive end Mario

Addison from Washington’s practice squad.

The 6-foot-3, 257-pound Addison entered the NFL in 2011 as an

undrafted rookie free agent with the Chicago Bears.

He spent time with Chicago, Indianapolis and Washington during

his career. He has played in 14 career games, including eight this

season split between Indianapolis and Washington.

The Panthers also signed guard Dominic Alford and cornerback

Kendrick Burney to the practice squad.