Panthers release DT Leonard, ending 1-year stint

The Panthers have released defensive tackle Louis Leonard,

ending an injury-filled year in Carolina.

The 26-year-old Leonard entered training camp as a favorite to

win a starting job on the Panthers’ revamped defensive line, but

didn’t live up to expectations. He failed to crack the rotation and

had three tackles in two games. The Panthers didn’t immediately

replace him Tuesday on the 53-man roster.

Leonard was acquired from Cleveland before the start of last

season for a sixth-round draft pick, but played in only two games

before breaking his left ankle.

The Panthers gave Leonard a one-year, $1.6 million tender in the

offseason. But he was slowed in training camp with a sore knee and

missed the Sept. 19 loss to Tampa Bay with an elbow injury.