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Panthers make practice changes after Falcons player tests positive for COVID-19

Atlanta DT Marlon Davidson tested positive after playing against Carolina
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Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule watches during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers changed things up to a more cautious version of practice on Wednesday, after learning an opposing player tested positive for COVID-19.

Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Marlon Davidson tested positive after playing in Carolina's 23-16 win on Sunday.

Wednesday, the Panthers entered "intensive protocol" for their practice week as a precaution.

The changes include:

-All players must get their COVID-19 PCR test results from the previous day before entering the facility

-All coaches and staff must wear masks at practice and all players must wear an Oakley Faceshield or mask.

-Players can remove their helmets for breaks but must be more than six feet away from one another.

-Only 10 players may work out in the weight room with a maximum of five staff members present

-The only player activity inside the facility may include medical and rehab

-All meals must be grab-and-go to eliminate seating in the meal area

-Players can only be in the locker room for 15 minutes or less with masks worn at all times.

The Panthers have not placed a player on the reserve/COVID-19 list during the regular season.

Carolina hosts the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

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