On Sunday, Lineback/Safety Jeremy Cash put a low hit on Christian McCaffrey and was removed from practice.
On Tuesday the Panthers waived Safety Dean Marlowe after suffering an injury during practice at Fan Fest on Friday night.
On Wednesday the Panthers opened the preseason with a win over the Houston Texans 27-17. Highlights from the game include a jumping touchdown by Kelvin Benjamin, the debut of Christian McCaffrey, a more stable offensive line, an aggressive defensive line and the emergence of Damiere Byrd.
Defensive Tackle Vernon Butler went down during the game. Though the injury looked bad an MRI shows there are no torn ligaments in his knee so it can be considered a sprain. Optimistic predictions for Butler’s return are 2 to 3 weeks with some even more optimistic saying 1 week. Jeremy Igo at Carolina Huddle is a little more realistic predicting Butler’s return around week 3 against the New Orleans Saints on September 24th, though he could be eligible to return earlier against San Francisco or Buffalo but, as Igo writes, why risk further injury?
The preseason isn’t fairing well for some former Panthers. With the Vikings Mike Remmers put on a poor performance that gave way to an early quarterback sack. With the Saints Ted Ginn dropped a catch in the end zone and Mike Tolbert failed to convert on 3rd-and-1.
On Friday Bryan Strickland at Panthers.com reported that Curtis Samuel’s minor strain on his hamstring is keeping him away from practice. There is no timeline for Samuel to return to the field.
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