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Hamstring issues keeping Panthers 2nd-year wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin out of practice

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Panthers second-year wide receiver is back on the sideline with more hamstring problems.

Benjamin missed minicamp practice on Wednesday with a strained right hamstring. A left hamstring injury kept last season's 1,000-yard receiver out of most of Carolina's OTAs in previous weeks.

Panthers coach says Benjamin reported to offseason workouts slightly overweight, which may have contributed to his hamstring problems. He says the team's trainers are looking into Benjamin's history with hamstring issues.

Rivera says, "We're going to look at every avenue to make sure it's not a chronic issue with him. He's too good of a football to have on the sideline."

Benjamin says he won't practice Thursday, but will be ready to go when the Panthers report to training camp next month.


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PHOTO: Carolina Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin smiles as he arrives for an NFL football organized team activity in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, June 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Carolina Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin smiles as he arrives for an NFL football organized team activity in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, June 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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PHOTO: Carolina Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin stretches during NFL football minicamp in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, June 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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