4 challenges the Panthers have faced at training camp so far

(Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) Matt Rhule
(Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) Matt Rhule /
3 of 5
Carolina Panthers
(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) Brian Burns /


Every training camp sees an NFL team suffer its fair share of injuries. This normally comes when team drills and padded practices are upped in tempo. And the Carolina Panthers have got their own concerns that emerged in a short space of time.

Influential duo Brian Burns and Shaq Thompson went down with knocks during practice on Thursday. Carolina’s cornerbacks were also feeling some aches and pains following one-on-one drills against the Panthers’ outstanding wide receiver group during the same session.

More from Cat Crave

Undrafted free-agent Omar Bayless has been one of the camp’s standout performers so far. But he also spent a few days on the sidelines with a knee injury that might hamper his chances of making the 53-man roster.

The Panthers have no margin for error in 2020. They will need their most talented player firing on all cylinders to give them any chance of being competitive. And this is a precarious situation that has become increasingly challenging during the latter stages of camp so far.

If Carolina loses one or two primary contributors, then it could have a disastrous impact. Managing workload is going to be key for new head coach Matt Rhule between now and when the Panthers take the field for their Week 1 clash against the Las Vegas Raiders. But whether this is feasible given the lack of starting experience across the board remains to be seen.