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Panthers releasing CB Eli Apple

Eli Apple, Panthers

The Carolina Panthers have released cornerback Eli Apple, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Apple has only played in two games this season due to a recurring hamstring issue.

In May, the Panthers signed Eli Apple to a one-year, $3 million contract in free agency. However, he wasn’t able to stay healthy and is now off the team before Week 8 of the 2020 season.

Apple, who began his career with the New York Giants, has played for the New Orleans Saints as well. In 57 games with the Giants, Saints and Panthers, Apple has three interceptions.

The Panthers are currently on a two-game losing streak. They lost to the Chicago Bears in Week 6 and fell to the Saints in Week 7. The Panthers will look to get back in the win column in Week 8 when they face the lowly Atlanta Falcons, who only have one win on the season.

As for Apple, it’s going to be interesting to see if he plays again this season. Teams in need of secondary help may take a look at him, but Apple’s injury woes are something that can’t go unnoticed.

The Giants selected Apple with the 10th overall pick in the 2016 draft out of Ohio State. Hopefully, Apple is able to get his body right and return to the NFL sooner rather than later.