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Panthers release OL Edmund Kugbila

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The second of five players from general manager Dave Gettleman’s first draft class with the Carolina Panthers is now gone.

The Panthers on Wednesday released offensive lineman Edmund Kugbila and signed defensive tackle Chas Alecxih, a tryout player at a recent rookie minicamp.

Running back Kenjon Barner, Gettleman’s sixth-round pick in 2013, was traded to Philadelphia during training camp last year.

Kugbila’s brief career with Carolina after being selected in the fourth round out of Valdosta State was plagued by injuries. He was placed on injured reserve prior to the 2013 season after being hampered by a hamstring injury.

He underwent back surgery in 2014 and missed the entire season.

Alecxih originally signed with the Miami Dolphins in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of Pittsburgh. He was waived by Miami, where he spent 16 weeks on the practice squad, in 2013 and signed by Kansas City in 2014.

After being waived by the Chiefs he signed with San Diego, which waived him in June.

Alecxih had 20 career sacks and 33 tackles for loss in college, where he played in 41 games with 26 starts.