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Carolina Panthers take precautions against heat

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- The heat index was 96 when the Carolina Panthers hit the practice field.

That was for yesterday morning's session at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

For the afternoon practice, it was 102 degrees with a heat index of 114.

Coach John Fox gave players extra water and had mandatory breaks under a tent with cooling fans. There were no reports of any heat-related problems.

Fox says the players are in great shape and fought through the heat.

Safety Chris Harris was acquired from Chicago last week. Harris has struggled to adjust to the South Carolina humidity after going through training camp in Illinois with the Bears.

He says the temperature has been a bigger adjustment than the defense.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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