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Panthers release veteran DT Gilbert

Posted: Monday March 10, 2003 8:20 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Carolina Panthers released defensive tackle Sean Gilbert on Monday.

Gilbert, a 10-year veteran, started 56 games in five seasons with the Panthers, recording 285 tackles with 15 1/2 sacks. He had just 10 tackles in an injury-shortened 2002 season.

Gilbert, 32, broke his right hip during the second half of a 12-9 home loss to Tampa Bay on Oct. 27, and missed the last eight games of the season.

In 2001, Gilbert missed the team's last seven games with a knee injury, finishing both seasons on injured reserve.

Gilbert was the No. 3 pick of the Los Angeles Rams in the 1992 draft. He was a Pro Bowl pick in his second year, becoming the youngest starter (22) in the game's history.

He spent four seasons with the Rams before being traded to the Washington Redskins. He sat out the 1997 season in a contract dispute, and came to Carolina in 1998 as a free agent -- a move that cost the Panthers two first-round draft picks in compensation after the Redskins made Gilbert a franchise player.

That signing never worked out for the Panthers, as Gilbert either was injured or performed indifferently in Carolina.

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