Dwayne Jarrett's troubles get worse

The troubled career of Carolina wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett has grown even more troubled.

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That means this arrest could lead to a suspension. Although many teams wait for the legal system to play out, this could signal the end of Jarrett’s career in Carolina. Owner Jerry Richardson doesn’t always wait for the legal system and has cut players before there have been court decisions.

Cutting Jarrett wasn’t out of the realm of possibility even before this arrest. Jarrett was a second-round pick in 2007. Despite numerous chances to land a starting job, Jarrett never has been able to earn one and has played only sparingly this year. He has fallen behind rookies Brandon LaFell and David Gettis on the depth chart.

With Steve Smith likely to miss at least a game with an ankle injury, the Panthers are thin at wide receiver. But that might not stop them from making a move with Jarrett.