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Howard leaves Panthers for personal reasons

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 19, 2006) -- Carolina Panthers cornerback Reggie Howard, who had played little this season, left the team for personal reasons.

Coach John Fox said the team got a roster exemption to replace Howard but have not yet replaced him. He acknowledged Howard's decision surprised him.

"I'm not going to get into details," Fox said.

Howard was a starter for the Panthers in 2003 and had an interception in Carolina's loss to New England in Super Bowl XXXVIII. He signed a free-agent deal with Miami in the spring of 2004 and spent two seasons with the Dolphins. The Panthers re-signed him in March, but he couldn't crack the rotation.

Fox wouldn't say who would take over as the team's fourth cornerback behind starters Ken Lucas and Chris Gamble and nickel back Richard Marshall.

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