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Carolina Panthers: Kelvin Benjamin Returns to the Practice Field

Less than a year after tearing his ACL, Kelvin Benjamin returned to the practice field during this week of OTAs for the Carolina Panthers.

The highest scoring offense from a season ago is expected to get another weapon back this upcoming season in the form of Kelvin Benjamin. The former first round pick returned to the practice field this week during OTAs, less than 12 months after tearing his ACL during training camp.

According to the team's site, Benjamin participated in individual drills but was held out of the 11-on-11 portion of practice.

Benjamin had an impressive rookie season and finished with 73 receptions, 1,008 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. He developed a connection with Cam Newton and helped keep the passing game on track. The 2014 season was the first one without long-time Panther Steve Smith and Benjamin showed he could be a number one wide receiver in this league.

However, last season was cut short after he suffered an ACL tear during a training camp practice. As Benjamin said back in April, the expectation is that they will take it slow this offseason with plenty of time to get ready for the 2016.

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