Panthers sign former Raiders OL Morris

The Carolina Panthers have added depth to their banged up and

ineffective offensive line by signing former Oakland guard Chris

Morris.

The move Wednesday comes as the winless Panthers are still

waiting for right tackle Jeff Otah to get healthy following knee

surgery. Otah hasn’t played or practiced this season, and the

Panthers have struggled to open running lanes and protect the

quarterback.

The 27-year-old Morris was the Raiders’ seventh-round pick in

2006. He started 10 games last year but was let go in final cuts

earlier this month.

The Panthers had an open roster spot after releasing defensive

tackle Louis Leonard on Tuesday.