Outside linebacker Thomas Davis and five other Carolina Panthers veterans picked a good day to get a break from practice.
With a heat index of 109 degrees during the two-hour-plus morning sessions, the Panthers scheduled several extra water breaks, one of which was extended by five minutes.
The other players who had the day off were receiver Jerricho Cotchery, center Ryan Kalil, running back Jonathan Stewart, safety Roman Harper and defensive tackle Dwan Edwards.
The Panthers used Kalil’s absence as an opportunity to try different combinations up front.
Right tackle Mike Remmers took snaps at center, backup guard Amini Silatolu worked at left tackle and rookie right tack Daryl Williams got his first reps with the first team.
As he’s said about the receivers, Panthers coach Ron Rivera believes there is more competition along the offensive line than in previous seasons.
“I think it’s going to be one of the more competitive groups we’ve had since I’ve been here,” he said. “I’m excited about that.”