The Panthers continue to be active during training fine tuning their roster in hopes of earning a championship for the 2023 season. With about 19 days left before opening kickoff, the Michigan Panthers have made 3 roster moves since Sunday, releasing two players, while reinstating Defensive Lineman Walter Palmore, and bringing back a familiar face in Wide Receiver Devin Ross.
In response to signing Ross, the Panthers released 2022/23 offseason signee Isaiah McKoy, in favor of Ross. Ross returns to the USFL, after being selected by the San Antonio Brahmas during the supplemental draft however was cut on February 5th. Ross totaled 538 All-Purpose yards in 2022, being utilized as kick returner in addition to being the teams #2 receiver behind Lance Lenoir.
The Panthers also reinstated Defensive Lineman Walter Palmore, while releasing Alexander Vainikolo. Vainikolo was a reserve Linebacker in 2022 totaling 8 tackles, primarily being utilized on special teams in 2022. Vainikolo was an UDFA in 2020, out of the University of New Mexico making his professional debut with the Panthers after the team released Tre Threat. Palmore returns to the Panthers after being placed on the team’s reserve/suspended list on March 19th.
With opening kickoff about 2 1/2 weeks away the Panthers along with all USFL teams are given limited wiggle room regarding roster manipulation. As training camp progresses, look for coaches to manipulate their rosters in an effort to maximize player availability for the 2023 season. USFL teams are allowed to have 50 players on the active roster during the 2023 regular season.