Carolina Panthers

Panthers work out trio of DLs

The Panthers' Ken Lucas celebrates the official measurement as the defense held New Orleans to no gain on a fourth-and-1 in the third quarter.
The Panthers' Ken Lucas celebrates the official measurement as the defense held New Orleans to no gain on a fourth-and-1 in the third quarter.

CHARLOTTE -- The Carolina Panthers worked out three defensive linemen Tuesday, including a former first-round pick.

Defensive end Jason Babin, who was chosen in the first round of the 2004 draft by Houston, came in to be checked out. An undersized (6-foot-3, 267 pounds) pass rusher, the 28-year-old Babin has failed to deliver on his potential.

He was in Seattle this season, but the Seahawks cut him when they traded with Denver to acquire former Panthers wide receiver Keary Colbert.

He had 13 sacks in three years with the Texans, where former Panthers coach Dom Capers drafted him to be his rush outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense.

The Panthers also worked out a pair of defensive tackles, Babatunde Oshinowo and LaJuan Ramsey.

Oshinowo has played with Cleveland, Chicago and Washington. Ramsey, formerly of Philadelphia, was most recently with Indianapolis.

• NO LONGER NO. 1: It took them seven weeks, but the Panthers are no longer the league's most penalized team.

They committed just three penalties for 29 yards against New Orleans, giving them 54 penalties for 352 yards on the season. That dropped them to third in total flags, and 11th in penalty yardage.

It was also historic because for the first time this season, the Panthers got through a game without committing a false start.

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