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Panthers DT Star Lotulelei leaves practice with foot injury

Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, left, and defensive end Charles Johnson, right, work on technique during practice on Sunday, August 2, 2015 at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC.
Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, left, and defensive end Charles Johnson, right, work on technique during practice on Sunday, August 2, 2015 at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Panthers defensive tackle and former first-round pick Star Lotulelei was carted off the practice field Monday morning with a foot injury and was seen later in the afternoon in a walking boot.

Lotulelei experienced soreness in what Panthers coach Ron Rivera said was surgically repaired right foot. Renowned foot and ankle doctor Robert Anderson, who’s also a team doctor, is in Spartanburg and evaluated Lotulelei and put him in a walking boot.

“They didn’t tell me much,” Lotulelei said an hour after practice. He added he didn’t know how long he’d be out.

“Hopefully it’ll be good news,” Rivera said after practice broke. “And we’re being very optimistic about it, and we might be being overly protective. So hopefully that’s exactly what it is.”

Lotulelei fractured his foot in January during a practice before Carolina’s playoff loss to Seattle. Anderson performed the surgery.

Monday was one of the hottest days of camp with a heat index of 109. The team took extra water breaks, including one of five minutes.

Jonathan Jones: 704-358-5323, @jjones9

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