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Hill can practice while legal process plays out; Rivera to leave camp Saturday

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman

Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman spoke to the media on Thursday concerning Jonathan Martin and Stephen Hill.
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Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman spoke to the media on Thursday concerning Jonathan Martin and Stephen Hill.

The Carolina Panthers plan to let the legal process play out with wide receiver Stephen Hill, who was cited on a drug-related charge Tuesday in Concord.

Hill was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to wear a seatbelt during a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon. The former second-round pick of the New York Jets will be allowed to continue practicing with the team, general manager Dave Gettleman said.

"He is obviously very remorseful about what happened. He's a terrific kid. He's given us no indication since he's been with us since September that this is who he is," Gettleman said Thursday. "He was very professional. He handled it very well. Right now we're just going to let it go through the legal process."

Hill joined the Panthers in September but spent the 2014 season on the practice squad. He's competing for one of the last receiver spots on the Panthers' roster.

Gettleman said Hills' charges would not affect his chances of making the team.

In other news:

--Gettleman said offensive tackle Jonathan Martin has given the Panthers every indication he plans to retire. Gettleman said Martin was healthy during the team's OTAs and minicamp in the spring.

Some reports have indicated a back injury prompted Martin to retire at 25.

--Panthers coach Ron Rivera will leave the team Saturday and Sunday to attend his brother's funeral. Assistant head coach Steve Wilks will run practices and meetings until Rivera returns Monday.

Mickey Rivera died Tuesday following a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer.

Joseph Person: 704-358-5123, @josephperson

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