Panthers will practice in Tampa before season opener

The Carolina Panthers are taking to the road in Week 1 of the season.

And not just to play a road game.

The Panthers will practice in the Tampa area for at least a part of the week before the season opener against the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, they’ll take their operation on the road because of conflicts with the Democratic National Convention, which will be held in Charlotte.

Barack Obama will deliver his acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium on Sept. 6, a Thursday night before the Sunday, Sept. 10 game in Tampa.

Exactly how long the Panthers will be on the road is not yet known. With any luck, only a portion of their week is disrupted because coaches and players are creatures of habit.

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