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Panthers sign Kenjon Barner with Whittaker on IR | 2 weeks ago

Carolina moved quickly to add depth in the backfield one day after placing Fozzy Whittakeron injured reserve with a torn ACL.

The Panthers signed running back Kenjon Barner, the team announced Friday.

The 5-foot-9, 195-pound Barner returns to where his career started. He entered the league in 2013 out of Oregon as a sixth-round pick with the Panthers before being traded in 2014 to the Eagles, where he spent three seasons (2014-16). The Chargers signed Barner to a one-year deal in 2017, but released him in early September leading to another tour of duty with the Eagles to close out the regular season.

The Eagles didn't re-sign Barner during the offseason, but he fully embraced the opportunity for a homecoming in Carolina.

"I'm excited to be back with the team that opened the door for me," Barner said in a statement released by the team. "Everything has come full circle. To have the opportunity to be back here, to be in this Carolina blue is a bit of redemption for me.

"After I was traded, people were like, 'Are you mad?' And I was like, 'Mad about what? Those people were great to me. What reason did I give for them to keep me?' Now for me to be back here, back with Coach (Ron) Rivera and Coach Skip (running backs coach Jim Skipper) -- guys who really believed in me at a time when I didn't believe in myself -- I'm thrilled about the opportunity."

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