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Rapid Reactions: Panthers top Texans in preseason opener

—Wide receiver Brenton Bersin suffered a left thigh contusion when he was hit low while trying to make a catch deep down the right sideline in the second quarter.

—Panthers who didn’t dress: quarterback Cam Newton ; wide receivers Curtis Samuel and Fred Ross ; center Ryan Kalil ; offensive tackles Blaine Clausell and Tyrus Thompson ; defensive ends Julius Peppers and Charles Johnson; defensive tackles Kyle Love , Toby Johnson and Drew Iddings .

On Wednesday, right guard Training Turner and linebackers Shaq Thompson and Ben Jacobs went out for the opening coin toss.

—After a spring full of recycled jokes aimed his way, it was good to see wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin make two big plays.

And while Gano's competition with Harrison Butker hasn't felt like much of one, things may now get more interesting after the rookie made his only attempt – a 51-yarder midway through the fourth quarter.


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