Panthers sign OL Duckworth to reach 80 players

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers have found an offensive lineman willing to join the team.

The Panthers signed Tim Duckworth on Monday, less than a week after he was waived by New Orleans. The 6-foot-4, 318-pound guard gives the Panthers a maximum 80 players a day before they must trim to 75.

Carolina has had a roster opening since offensive lineman Kirk Barton failed to report last week after he was claimed off waivers from Denver. The Panthers had already waived tackle Jason Capizzi to make room.

The Panthers were without several players at practice Monday, including receiver Wallace Wright (shoulder), running back Tyrell Sutton (shoulder) and cornerbacks Richard Marshall (knee) and Captain Munnerlyn (calf).

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

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