Originally written on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 11/8/11
CHARLOTTE, NC The Carolina Panthers certainly didn't like going into their open week with the lingering taste of a home loss to the Minnesota Vikings. But the time off was necessary, and it was put to good use. The players needed to get away, to not see one another for a few days and recharge their batteries. The best measure of that being a success or not was gauged Monday in the first practice back since the break. Consider it a success. "It was a great practice," first-year Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "You don't want to get overly excited about a Monday practice, but it was good. We were full pads with good tempo. A lot more crisp than I thought it would be, but the guys handled it well. I was very pleased with the way it came out. It was good; it was refreshing." The Panthers kick off the second half of their season Sunday, entertaining the 4-4 Tennessee Titans. This is an important game for Carolina, which is 2-6 with mostly close defeats, because five of its final seve...
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