- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- I made it up here in time to catch the last hour of the Carolina Panthers’ practice.
Things were pretty uneventful other than the fact rookie guard Edmund Kugbila left practice after injuring his hamstring. Coach Ron Rivera said he wasn’t sure how serious the injury was.
But there should be a lot more action Sunday. That’s when the Panthers will practice in pads for the first time.
”They’ll be able to run into each other now legally,’’ Rivera said. “There will be a few more collisions.’’
But Rivera doesn’t want too many collisions. He said he spent a lot of time talking to other coaches this offseason and decided to change some of his camp routines.
“One of the things we did find was that after you start hitting the two-hour mark, that’s when a lot of soft-tissue injuries occur,’’ Rivera said. “So we’re trying to take a few more breaks.’’
Rivera also said he would talk to his players at Saturday night’s team meeting about the limits he wants on hitting.
“There is a fine line,’’ Rivera said. “You want the physical play. But, at the same time, you also want to be smart. We don’t want some of the shots that guys will take. You would hope that a safety seeing a guy in a vulnerable position would pull off and stuff like that. We’ll talk about that tonight when we have our team meeting.’’
I’ll be back Sunday and Monday with news and notes from Carolina’s camp and the Camp Confidential profile on the Panthers is scheduled to run Wednesday.
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