Down to just two healthy running backs, the Panthers added former Jordan High standout Dantrell Savage on Monday.
Carolina waived injured cornerback Marcus Walker to make room on the 80-man roster.
DeAngelo Williams and Josh Vaughan were the only backs in Monday’s first practice. Jonathan Stewart hasn’t been cleared to practice following offseason Achilles’ tendon surgery, while Mike Goodson and Tyrell Sutton are sidelined with injuries suffered in training camp.
The undrafted Savage played mostly special teams in 13 games over two seasons with Kansas City, rushing 25 times for 98 yards. He was released in March. He played at Oklahoma State and was honorable mention All-Big 12 in 2006.
The Panthers reached an injury settlement with Walker, who hurt his calf Saturday.
Carolina was so thin in Monday morning’s workout that fullback Tony Fiammetta lined up at tailback and had a few carries.
“It was good,” Fiammetta said. “In high school I was the running back, so it felt to get out there and make some cuts and make some people miss.”