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Panthers Release Practice Squad CB Josh Hawkins After Mask-less Social Media Post

The Carolina Panthers are the latest NFL team to have their share of Covid-19 concerns. The team has placed five players on the league’s Covid/reserve list over the last couple of weeks so they are taking virus prevention very seriously.

On Sunday night, a video was posted on Instagram showing josh Hawkins, a cornerback on the Panthers practice squad, dancing sans mask in a crowded Charlotte restaurant. On Monday, he was released. When asked if the video was a factor in today’s transaction, Carolina head coach Matt Rhule would not specifically say. What the coach did say is that the move was made “in the best interests of the team”.

With the organization battling against the progression of a possible cluster; partying mask-less in Mecklenburg County, which has seen a spike in Covid cases, was probably the wrong move by the fourth year ECU product.

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