The Latest: Eric Reid's brother 'immensely proud' of him

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the Eric Reid signing with the Carolina Panthers (all times local):

1:50 p.m.

Texans rookie safety Justin Reid said he's thrilled his older brother Eric Reid is back in the NFL and is "immensely proud" of what he stands for "in trying to have a voice for the voiceless."

Justin Reid said he planned to call his brother to congratulate him after practice Thursday on signing a one-year deal with Carolina.

When asked if he thinks his brother was not signed earlier by NFL teams because of his decision to protest social and racial injustice during the national anthem, Justin Reid said "I'm going to try and defer away from that." The younger Reid said he wants to stay focused on football and helping the Texans win their first game.

Justin Reid said his brother is in good shape and has stayed prepared for this opportunity to rejoin the NFL. He said the Panthers "just got better having him on their squad."

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1:20 p.m.

Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick has offered congratulations on Twitter to former San Francisco 49ers teammate Eric Reid after Reid signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers.

Kaepernick posted Thursday on Twitter that Reid is a "social justice warrior (who) continues to support his family and communities in need." He said Reid was the first person who knelt alongside him for the national anthem, which was done to highlight racial and social injustice.

Kaepernick added that Reid is an "all pro safety who should have been signed the 1st day of free agency."

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11:45 a.m.

Eric Reid is back in the NFL.

The Panthers have signed the free agent safety to a one-year contract. Terms of the deal were not announced Thursday.

Reid filed an official grievance letter with the NFL in October of 2017, alleging that team owners and the league colluded to prevent his employment due to his protest activities. Reid, along with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, participated in protests during the playing of the national anthem before NFL games to highlight social awareness and racial injustice.

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney told The Associated Press it was a "football decision" that was approved by new owner David Tepper.

Reid is expected to start right away after the Panthers placed Da'Norris Searcy on injured reserve last week.

The Panthers have a bye this week.

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