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Panthers cut starting guard Hangarnter

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Carolina Panthers offensive guard Geoff Hangartner went from the starting line to the unemployment line Thursday. The eight-year veteran had been a starter since 2006, including a two-year stint with the Buffalo Bills.

Hangartner started every game in which he played from 2009-2012 and was working with the first team at right guard. He also started eight games at center last season.

"I didn't have my best year last year," he told The Charlotte Observer. "But I definitely was a little blindside by the move because I can play center and guard."

Edmund Kugbila is the most likely candidate to start at right guard. However, he's been nursing a hamstring injury. The rookie fourth-round pick missed most of organized team activities with a knee injury.

Hangartner, 32, has 82 career starts and could draw interest as a versatile interior lineman capable of starting or backing up at multiple positions.
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