The Carolina Panthers were without their starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei when they held their first practice of training camp Thursday night. According to Steve Reed of the Associated Press, Ron Rivera said Lotulelei was dealing with some tightness in his hamstring after going through conditioning tests.
The injury sounds minor and the coaching staff sounds to just be erring on the side of caution with their starting defensive tackle. This makes sense with it being early in training camp and a hamstring injury is not something that a player would want to linger into the regular season.
Last training camp, Lotulelei was still trying to work his way back from a broken foot suffered during the Panthers playoff run in the 2014 season. He suffered the injury early in training camp and missed the remainder of training camp as well as some regular season games.
This upcoming season is going to be important to Lotulelei, who has two years left on his deal after the team picked up his fifth-year option during the offseason. If the former first round pick has a strong year, it would help when the two sides discuss an extension, most likely next year.