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Lots of Panthers starters miss practice; Ron Rivera not concerned

Defensive tackle Dwan Edwards, left tackle Jordan Gross and left guard Travelle Wharton all took veteran days off Wednesday for the Carolina Panthers.

Running back Jonathan Stewart did not participate, and tight end Ben Hartsock and Mike Tolbert were limited.

Running back DeAngelo Williams returned to practice for the first time since suffering a thigh bruise at Miami and was limited on Wednesday.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he wasn’t concerned about any of his starters.

“It was good to have some of the guys on the practice field that have been missing for a while, and we’ll see how they are tomorrow morning,” Rivera said. “As I’ve always said, you practice on Wednesday or Thursday, it’s always about how you are the next morning. They did what they were supposed to do.”

Linebacker Chase Blackburn fully participated in practice after missing three games with a foot injury. He said he felt “fantastic” and plans to start at weakside linebacker against New Orleans.

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