Carolina Panthers release their punter and place a starting lineman on IR

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The Carolina Panthers have released punter Ryan Winslow, two days after he struggled in Sunday’s 25-3 loss to the Giants.

The Panthers signed Winslow to their 53-man roster shortly after placing punter Joe Charlton on IR two weeks ago with a back injury. Charlton is not eligible to return until Week 9 against the Patriots.

In the two games Winslow played this season, he hasn’t performed well. He punted it seven times against the Giants and averaged 36.9 yards per punt. The Giants consistently had great field position Sunday because of Winslow’s miscues. The Giants had only one scoring drive go longer than 32 yards.

When asked after the game whether the Panthers would look at other punters, coach Matt Rhule said, “potentially.”

That came to fruition Tuesday. The Panthers signed punter Lachlan Edwards to their practice squad and released kicker Dominik Eberle. Edwards could potentially be elevated to the 53-man roster Sunday. He previously spent time with the Jets.

The Panthers also placed starting right guard John Miller on injured reserve Tuesday; he suffered a low-ankle sprain Sunday, per a league source. Miller was expected to miss two-to-four weeks with the injury.

The Panthers will start their sixth different combination of linemen in eight games Sunday.

The Panthers now have 51 players on the active roster, which would leave open the possibility that they could activate cornerback Stephon Gilmore from the PUP list, and defensive back Myles Hartsfield from the injured reserve.

Both players participated in practice last week.

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