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Carolina Panthers CB Charles Tillman returns after missing Miami game

Carolina’s Charles Tillman (31) missed Saturday’s exhibition against the Miami Dolphins with a groin injury he says was no big deal. He practiced Monday.
Carolina’s Charles Tillman (31) missed Saturday’s exhibition against the Miami Dolphins with a groin injury he says was no big deal. He practiced Monday. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Veteran Carolina Panthers cornerback Charles Tillman returned to practice Monday after missing Saturday’s exhibition against Miami with a groin injury he said was “not a big deal at all.”

Tillman, 34, missed 22 games during his final two seasons in Chicago after tearing his right triceps both years. He says he’s felt good this preseason, adding there’s nothing preventative he can do in terms of the triceps.

“That’s just like asking (Packers wideout) Jordy Nelson did you do anything to prevent your (knee) injury? Nah, it’s part of the game,” Tillman said. “It’s one of those things. It happens. You could kick yourself in the butt all day trying to question yourself, why this happened?

“At the end of the day it happened, you’ve got to deal with it, move on, and look forward to the next obstacle in your life.”

Tillman appreciates the occasional days off Panthers coach Ron Rivera gives to veterans. He said Rivera, as a former NFL player, recognizes when someone could use a break.

Joseph Person: 704-358-5123, @josephperson

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