The Panthers have made maintaining their depth along the front four a priority in free agency, as Love is the fourth defensive lineman to re-sign with the team this offseason. Love is expected to serve in a reserve capacity at defensive tackle in 2017 after logging 16 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 10 games last season.
Love (knee) is inactive for Sunday's tilt with the Chiefs.
Love is sidelined with a knee aliment, leaving Vernon Butler and Paul Soliai as the only healthy backups at defensive tackle Sunday.
The Panthers brought back the defensive tackle after Vernon Butler suffered a high-ankle sprain. Love was among the final cuts by the Panthers at the end of the preseason. He recorded 19 tackles and three sacks in 15 games with the Panthers last year, and while he isn't expected to start, he could take the field in certain packages and could potentially play a role on special teams.
Love, who posted 19 tackles and three sacks last season, signed a one-year deal to remain with the Panthers in April, but fell down the pecking order after the team spent its first-round pick on fellow defensive tackle Vernon Butler and signed veteran Paul Soliai this offseason. With established starters Kawann Short and Star Lotelelei around as well, Love was the odd man out at the position and will now look to add depth elsewhere this season.
Love appears to have cleared concussion protocol, ESPN's David Newton reports.
Love was seen walking to practice Monday with his helmet in hand, indicating he's ready to return from last week's hit to the head. Having him available gives the Panthers another big body along their defensive front, where Kawann Short, Star Lotulelei and Vernon Butler lead the interior line options.
|P2||8/19/17||@ TEN||3:00 pm|
|P3||8/24/17||@ JAC||7:30 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ SF||4:25 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/26/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|2010||New England Patriots||9||7||5.0||2||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||33||20.0||13||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||25||11.0||14||1.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||Kansas City Chiefs||1||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2010||New England Patriots||9||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||Kansas City Chiefs||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|