CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Starting guard Sean Love and three draft picks were among 18 players waived Monday by the Carolina Panthers.

Coach Dom Capers said Love, who started all three exhibition games, was released because of the progress of several young linemen, including fourth-round draft choice Norberto Garrido, a guard, and Matt Campbell, a converted tight end playing tackle.

Also released Monday were fullback Scott Greene, taken in the sixth round, and two 1995 fifth-round draft picks: cornerback Michael Senters and guard Andrew Peterson.

Other players released were tight end Paul Burke; defensive back Butler By'Not'e; wide receivers Ray Crittenden and Marcus Wall; linebackers Jamal Fountaine, John Walters and Phil Yeboah-Kodie; center Bucky Greeley; punter Aaron Kanner; offensive tackle William Knight; kicker David Lauder; defensive end Jeremy Nunley; safety Johnnie Williams; and defensive tackle Jeff Zgonina.

Running back Tony Smith, who pulled a hamstring, was placed on injured reserve. Former Navy quarterback Jim Kubiak, who is on active duty with the service branch and used vacation time to attend training camp, was placed on military reserve.

The moves reduced the Panthers' roster to 61 players one day before the NFL deadline for clubs to trim their rosters to 60. Carolina has been granted a one-player roster exemption because it just signed top draft choice Tshimanga Biakabutuka last Friday.