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Troublesome hamstring keeps Panthers rookie LB Shaq Thompson out again

Carolina Panthers rookie linebacker Shaq Thompson was supposed to make up for the time he missed at rookie camp and summer workouts here in Spartanburg, but Wednesday he was again sidelined with a hamstring injury that limited him just after the Panthers drafted him.

Thompson sat out of Wednesday’s practice at Wofford College with a tight left hamstring, the same one that gave him trouble during rookie camp.

“It was a little tight the last couple days, so (trainers) felt the best thing was to be careful, be smart with it,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said.

Along with Thompson, cornerback Bené Benwikere remained out with a hamstring injury. Rivera said the hope is to get Benwikere back next week.

The plan for starting defensive tackle and former first-round pick Star Lotulelei is for him to be back before the end of the preseason, Rivera said. Lotulelei suffered a stress reaction in his surgically repaired foot, and the team will re-evaluate him Friday when they get back to Charlotte.

Defensive tackle Kawann Short (back spasms) sat out again. And tight end Ed Dickson (groin) was limited in participation.

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