CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers waived tight end D.C. Jefferson from injured reserve on Tuesday, less than a week after the NFL suspended him four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
Jefferson was placed on injured reserve Aug. 26 to get Carolina's roster to 75 players. The team had no plans to keep him long term.
A seventh-round draft pick by Arizona out of Rutgers in 2013, Jefferson was signed to Carolina's practice squad for the postseason on Jan. 1, 2014.
Carolina kept four tight ends -- Olsen, Dickson, Williams and Brockel -- on its 53-man roster.