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NFL considers contingency plan for Carolina Panthers game Monday

Following a heavy rain, clouds pass over Bank of America Stadium during the Carolina Panthers Fan Fest on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 in Charlotte, NC.
Following a heavy rain, clouds pass over Bank of America Stadium during the Carolina Panthers Fan Fest on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 in Charlotte, NC. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

The NFL says it’s considering contingency plans for games possibly affected by Hurricane Matthew, including the Carolina Panthers home game Monday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

League spokesman Brian McCarthy declined to elaborate on what those plans might be. The league could finalize plans as late as Saturday, he said.

“We are in close contact with local and state authorities about the hurricane. As always, our overriding concern is for public safety and not doing anything that will divert important resources away from communities that may be in distress,” the NFL said in a statement Thursday evening.

The league said it’s also conducting contingency planning for the Tennessee Titans-Miami Dolphins game, which is supposed to take place Sunday in Miami.

Given the course of the Category 3 hurricane, a change to the game in Charlotte seems rather unlikely at this point, however. Hurricane Matthew is expected to move up the north Florida and Georgia coasts Friday, then batter the Carolinas before turning out to sea sometime later Saturday.

The Panthers are scheduled to play the Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium Monday at 8:30 p.m.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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