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    Despite the steady rain, Carolina Panthers fans line a fence near a practice field to watch the team practice on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC.
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    Carolina Panthers linebackers Ben Jacobs (53) and Chase Blackburn (93) stop to sign autographs for fans under the umbrellas prior to practice at Wofford College on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    Carolina Panthers wide receiver Tiquan Underwood (11) covers his helmet and shoulders with a towel as he walks through the rain to practice at Wofford College on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    (R-L) Carolina Panthers linebacker Chase Blackburn (93) talks with head coach Ron Rivera while stretching at Wofford College on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams (34) runs through a drill at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    (Center) Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) stands in the pocket as the rain falls during practice at Wofford College on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Newton was inadvertently kicked on the left shin during practice.
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    Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams (34) breaks into the open field after catching a pass from quarterback Cam Newton (1) during practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    (Center) Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil (67) prepares to snap the ball to quarterback Cam Newton (1) during practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    Carolina Panthers wide receiver Tavarres King (12) leaps into the air to make a reception during Thursday’s practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg. King has put together three solid days in a row as he competes for a roster spot.
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    Carolina Panthers wide receiver Tavarres King (12) breaks to the outside as cornerback Charles Godfrey (30) chases during practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    (L-R) Carolina Panthers defensive tackles Dwan Edwards (92), Kawann Short, Colin Cole (91), Casey Walker (74), defensive ends Greg Hardy (76) and Charles Johnson (95) watch a series of plays from the sideline during practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    (Center) Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil (67) prepares to snap the ball to quarterback Cam Newton (1) during practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    Carolina Panthers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (82) keeps his eyes on the ball as he prepares to make a reception during practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kealoha Pilares (19) picks up yardage after making a reception during practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Falling to the ground is cornerback James Dockery (31).
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    Carolina Panthers wide receiver Tiquan Underwood (11) makes a reception during practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) directs the offense during practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    Carolina Panthers wide receiver Tiquan Underwood (11) is able to hold onto the ball as cornerback Bene Benwikere applies pressure during practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    Carolina Panthers cornerback Antoine Cason (20) adjusts his helmet during practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    Carolina Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander (90) says he won’t appeal a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
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    Carolina Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander during practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    Carolina Panthers fan Jayden Overcash, 6 yrs. of Charlotte, NC enjoys catching a football during the team's practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    Carolina Panthers tackle Byron Bell (77) and defensive end Charles Johnson (95) battle one another during practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    Carolina Panthers wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl talks with center Ryan Kalil (67) during practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88) makes a one-handed catch during practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil (67) walks back to the sideline during practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    (Right) Carolina Panthers tackle Byron Bell (77) and defensive end Charles Johnson (95) battle one another during practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano (9) practices kicking field goals during practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    (L-R) Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short (99), tackle Kevin Hughes (72) and defensive end Kony Ealy (94) try to block a kick by kicker Graham Gano (9) during practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano (9) practices kicking field goals during practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano (9) during practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    Carolina Panthers fan Jasmine Perkins, 4 yrs., of Concord, NC tries to keep dry under her father, Aytch Perkins' shirt during the team's practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) jogs toward the huddle during practice at Wofford College on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Newton was inadvertently kicked on the left shin during practice.
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    (Right) Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) walks across a practice field with (left) quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey following practice at Wofford College on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Newton was inadvertently kicked on the left shin during practice.
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    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) is driven from the practice fields at Wofford College with (front right seat) head coach Ron Rivera following practice on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Newton was inadvertently kicked on the left shin during practice.
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    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) touches his left shin as he is driven from the practice fields at Wofford College with (front right seat) head coach Ron Rivera following practice on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Newton was inadvertently kicked on the left shin during practice.
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    Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott jogs off the practice field at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    (L-R) Carolina Panthers Joe Webb (14) Matt Blanchard (5) and Derek Anderson (3) race one another across a practice field following practice at Wofford College on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    Surrounded by umbrellas, Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) walks over to sign autographs for fans following practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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