CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Are you ready for some football?

The NFL's 100th regular season kicked off today, with the Carolina Panthers hosting the Los Angeles Rams Sunday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium.

For those who attended the game, Meteorologist Chris Mulcahy said it was going to be a hot and humid home opener and the hottest in Panther's history.

The hottest game for the first home game of the Panthers season was back in 2015 when we hit 91°; we were anticipating 93° for a high Sunday. But, there was no rain in the forecast.

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A 100th anniversary logo appears on the field prior to an NFL football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

In the preseason, after Newton hurt his foot, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said, "there's no doubt in my mind" that the star quarterback would play in the team's regular-season opener against the Rams.

Rivera said the 30-year-old quarterback made "good strides" after suffering a mid-foot sprain in a preseason game against New England. Newton threw on the side field but did not practice.

Rivera expected Newton to practice when the Panthers began preparations for the opener against the Rams on Sept. 8.

Like the team's other starters, Newton did not play in the final preseason game against the Steelers.

In other injury news, starting outside linebacker Bruce Irvin was held out of practice after tweaking his hamstring. Offensive tackle Greg Little, the team's second-round draft pick, remains in the concussion protocol.


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