SPARTANBURG The Carolina Panthers had a scare Tuesday when starting tight end Greg Olsen limped off the practice field and was carted to the locker room during the final practice of training camp.
It turned out to be a cramp – a byproduct of the hot and humid temperatures that were nonexistent for the majority of the 14 practices at Wofford.
Olsen and right tackle Nate Chandler were treated for cramps Tuesday during the nearly two-hour session under sunny skies. Olsen said his left calf “locked up” toward the end of practice, but he said he would be fine after the Panthers’ scheduled off-day Wednesday.
Cramps also were an issue for a couple players Monday, prompting head coach Ron Rivera to question again whether the mild temperatures in Spartanburg adequately prepared his team for the steamy conditions they’ll likely face Week 1 at Tampa Bay.
“There’s a toughness that gets built out of practicing in the heat, and we didn’t have enough of it,” Rivera said. “So hopefully we can get a real good shot of heat in the next week or so.”
Defensive end Charles Johnson (hamstring) and strong safety Roman Harper (toe) were the only starters sidelined Tuesday. Rivera said he’s not worried about Harper’s status, and Johnson said he was “day to day” with his hamstring issue.
Rivera said his only concern among the injured players was rookie safety Tre Boston, who aggravated his sports hernia during his only training camp practice.
“We’d love to see Tre Boston out on the football field so we can really make a good assessment and evaluation of what he can do for us,” Rivera said. “Because we think we has that kind of ability, but unfortunately he’s not ready to go yet.”
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