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Panthers Release Renegades CB Josh Hawkins After Maskless Video

The Carolina Panthers released Renegades CB Josh Hawkins from their practice squad on Monday. Video was making the rounds on social media showing Hawkins dancing in a crowded restaurant with no mask on.

When Panthers head coach Matt Rhule was asked about the release he said.

“I would just say we thought it was in the best interest of the team,” 

So far this NFL season the Panthers have placed five players on the NFL’s COVID/reserve list this season. Two players were put on it last week. It looks like the team may be sending a message to its players.

Hawkins was one of eleven Dallas Renegades players to sign pro contracts. Currently, six remain on NFL teams. He was rated as one of the top CB’s in the XFL by our own Mike Mitchell

Hawkins was selected in the Phase #5 Open Draft portion of the 2020 XFL draft. He played his college ball at East Carolina.

He finished the shortened XFL season with 11 tackles, four pass defenses, and two interceptions. He had stops in the NFL with the Packers, Panthers, Falcons, and Philadelphia Eagles.

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Mark Perry, a passionate sports journalist and the founder and editor of XFL News Hub, has been at the forefront of covering the XFL since its revival in 2018. Within days of the XFL's announced return, Mark initiated XFL News Hub to keep the fans abreast of every detail, game, and development of the league. Mark's extensive knowledge of the sport, combined with his unwavering dedication to providing comprehensive and accurate reporting, has made XFL News Hub the go-to platform for all things related to the XFL. His work over the years has brought him recognition in the world of sports journalism, solidifying his place as a leading voice in XFL coverage. Beyond just reporting, Mark believes in fostering a community around the XFL, engaging fans through his innovative content and discussions. If you have any inquiries, comments, or insights you'd like to share, Mark welcomes you to contact him directly at

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