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Thursday August 1st, 2013

Geoff Hangartner was cut by the Panthers after practicing with the first team. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images Geoff Hangartner was cut by the Panthers after practicing with the first team. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The Carolina Panthers released offensive lineman Geoff Hangartner, who was projected to be the team's starting right guard, the team announced Thursday.

Hangartner had been practicing with the first team at training camp. He has started 83 games, including 12 last season for the Panthers, during his eight-year career with Carolina and the Buffalo Bills.

Hangartner graded out as a bottom-five center last season, according to Pro Football Focus. The team drafted Edmund Kugbila from Valdosta State to compete with Hangartner, but he has been sidelined with a hamstring injury. The 31-year-old Hangartner was due to make $1.575 million this year.

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