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The Canadian Press
8/31/2013 6:25:13 PM
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers waived former second-round draft pick Jimmy Clausen on Saturday, a move that leaves them with two quarterbacks entering the season.

NFL teams had to trim rosters to the regular-season limit of 53 players by Saturday.

Clausen was waived/injured. He started 10 games as a rookie in 2010 and threw for 1,558 yards with three touchdowns and nine interceptions in a 2-14 season. The Panthers drafted Cam Newton the following April.

Derek Anderson is Newton's backup.

Carolina also released veteran cornerback Drayton Florence, who'd been working as a starter most of preseason, offensive tackle Patrick Brown and linebacker Jason Williams.

Along with Clausen, the Panthers waived three other players drafted by former general manager Marty Hurney: wide receiver David Gettis, defensive tackle Sione Fua and safety D.J. Campbell.

Among the others waived Saturday were running back Tauren Poole, wide receivers Brenton Bersin, Taulib Ikharo and James Shaw, tight ends Dominique Curry and Zach Pianalto, offensive linemen Garrett Chisolm, Hayworth Hicks, and Tori Mobley, defensive linemen Casey Walker and Craig Roh, linebackers Doug Hogue and Ben Jacobs, and safeties Anderson Russell and Robert Lester.

Like Clausen, Gettis, Campbell and Russell would revert back to the team's injured reserve if they clear waivers.

It's possible the team could work out an injury settlement with those players allowing them to become free agents.

Clausen wrote on Twitter on Saturday: "Just want to thank the Panthers Organization and the city of Charlotte for drafting me and making this home for me the last 3 years!"

Clausen had a solid training camp for the Panthers, but struggled throughout the preseason games.

In the preseason finale against Pittsburgh on Thursday night, he fumbled out of bounds and also tripped as he attempted to make a handoff on a play at the goal line.

He finished the preseason 14 of 25 for 119 yards with no touchdown passes. He was sacked three times.

After Thursday night's game, coach Ron Rivera said part of Clausen's problems stemmed from playing behind the third string offensive line.

"The unfortunate thing for Jimmy he's working in with the third and fourth guys and that's always tough, so you always have to take that with a grain of salt," Rivera said.

"He made some good throws and threw a nice back shoulder to James Shaw. It's just, you wish you could present him with some better opportunities as far as the guys on the field with him."

Florence became expendable after second-year cornerback Josh Norman proved his worth by intercepting three passes during the preseason.

Jimmy Clausen (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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