The Carolina Panthers got a scare Friday when first-round pick Vernon Butler went to the ground holding his right leg near the end of the two-hour practice. It turned out to be cramps for Butler, who was carted to the training room to receive IV treatments.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he expects Butler to be OK for Saturday’s practice, the team’s first in full pads.
Butler, a defensive tackle from Louisiana Tech, joined a deep interior rotation that includes Pro Bowler Kawann Short, former first-rounder Star Lotulelei and veterans Paul Soliai and Kyle Love.
Lotulelei was more involved in practice Friday after sitting out team drills Thursday with hamstring tightness.
Rookie offensive tackle Jordan Rigsbee also was taken in early Friday with what appeared to be leg cramps.