Panthers waive Avant; put Chandler on IR

Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Carolina Panthers waived wide receiver Jason Avant on Tuesday after just 11 games with the team.

Carolina also placed right tackle Nate Chandler on injured reserve with a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee. The Panthers filled the roster spots by activating running back Mike Tolbert off injured reserve/designated to return and promoting wide receiver De'Andre Presley from the practice squad.

After spending his first eight seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, Avant was released March 4 and signed a one-year contract with the Panthers. In 11 games off the bench with Carolina, Avant had 21 catches for just 201 yards and a touchdown that came in a Week 2 win against Detroit.

Over Carolina's current five-game losing streak, Avant had just four catches for 20 yards on 12 targets. In his 127-game career, Avant has 318 catches for 3,847 yards and 13 touchdowns.

His release comes not long after criticizing the team's conservative play- calling down the stretch off their 19-17 Week 11 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Chandler started all 11 games for the Panthers this season.

Tolbert had been sidelined with a hairline fracture in his knee, an injury he suffered in a Week 3 loss to Pittsburgh. He has just 10 yards on 14 carries and has eight receptions for 59 yards this season.