The Carolina Panthers will enter the next phase of organized team activities next week but not at full health.
Second-year receiver Kelvin Benjamin strained his hamstring last week, a team spokesman confirmed. As a precaution, he likely won’t participate in next week’s activities, though he has been with the team on the field and in the locker room recently.
Rookie receiver Devin Funchess, Carolina’s second-round pick, took first-team reps and showed his versatility at three different receiving slots.
The Panthers will begin the next phase of organized team activities Tuesday. Players will be made available to the media on Thursday.
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Another safety signed: The Panthers announced signing former New Orleans safety Marcus Ball.
Ball, who will be 28 with one year of NFL experience when the season begins, started two games for the Saints and posted 12 tackles.
To make room, the Panthers waived safety Kimario McFadden, who finished last season on Carolina’s practice squad.
Terms of Ball’s deal were not immediately available.
According to Pro Football Focus, a football analytics site, Ball played 98 snaps, and quarterbacks threw his way 10 times. Receivers had 10 receptions for 134 yards and one touchdown last year.
Ball played well in his two seasons in Canada before arriving in New Orleans. Playing for the Argonauts, Ball had four interceptions in two years.
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