Colin Cole signs with the Carolina Panthers

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After nearly two full seasons on the sidelines, defensive tackle Colin Cole is getting another opportunity in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers.

Cole was released by the Seattle Seahawks during final cuts prior to the 2011 season and has not played since. He was signed by the Panthers on Thursday.

Cole started 26 games at nose tackle for the Seahawks in 2009-10 before suffering a serious injury to his ankle that landed him on injured reserve. Cole was placed on the physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp the next season but was released at the end of training camp during final cuts. He didn’t get an opportunity anywhere in the league last season.

Cole is a nine-year NFL veteran having spent the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers before heading to Seattle. For his career, Cole has played in 84 games while making 34 starts. He has recorded 218 tackles, 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble.