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Panthers put Byrd on IR, promote CB Lorenzo Doss

The Carolina Panthers (6-5) placed wide receiver Damiere Byrd on injured reserve on Tuesday, essentially ending his 2018 season, a league source told the Observer.

The team later confirmed the move.

Byrd broke his arm in Sunday’s loss against Seattle. It was the same injury to the same arm that placed him on injured reserve in 2017, and Byrd’s third stint on IR in two seasons.

With a roster spot open, the Panthers promoted cornerback Lorenzo Doss from the practice squad.

Byrd, 25, has only played 44 offensive snaps this year and has gotten the majority of his work on special teams, where he has played 96 snaps. In 2018, Byrd has had 11 punt returns for 104 yards.

Carolina needed help with cornerback depth, and potentially more so this week than before because the status of rookie starter Donte Jackson is in question following a left quadriceps injury suffered in the first quarter of Sunday’s game.

Backup Corn Elder played in place of Jackson and gave up a 35-yard touchdown. When he rotated with nickelback Captain Munnerlyn, the latter gave up a 43-yard pass that set up Seattle’s game-winning field goal.

In the past three games, Carolina’s secondary has given up 10 passing plays of 20-plus yards, for 405 yards, an average of 40.5 yards per play.

Head coach Ron Rivera was pressed about whether the team would make a personnel change at cornerback on Monday, and he said “we’ll continue to stay the course.”

Doss, a former Broncos fifth-round pick in 2015, fits the speedy, tenacious profile of the type of cornerback Carolina wants at its No. 2 corner position and had an excellent training camp. He was waived in September to make room for safety Eric Reid, and then re-signed to the practice squad.

If Jackson can’t get healthy in time, Doss could match up against the speedier Nos. 2 and 3 receivers that are featured heavily in the offenses of NFC South foes Tampa Bay, Atlanta and New Orleans.

Carolina plays the Buccaneers at Tampa Bay this Sunday at 1 p.m.

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