Bills prepare for Panthers, extreme heat at joint practices

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Published 9:40 p.m. ET Aug. 12, 2019

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera decided to have a little fun with Bills coach Sean McDermott over the weekend, sending a screenshot of the heat index in Spartanburg, South Carolina, at 110 degrees along with an orange emoji face dripping with sweat.

“A psychological game,” Rivera joked of the scorching heat that awaits McDermott and the Bills this week.

The Panthers will host the Bills for joint practices Tuesday and Wednesday at Wofford College prior to their preseason game Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

It is a reunion of sorts for players, coaches and front office officials.

When McDermott left his post as Panthers defensive coordinator in 2017 to join the Bills it started a pipeline between Carolina and Buffalo.

A few months later, the Bills hired Panthers assistant general manager Brandon Beane as their GM. A handful of former Carolina players also followed McDermott to Buffalo as free agents. The teams have also made a few trades, including one involving 2014 first-round draft pick Kelvin Benjamin.

The exodus of former Panthers became so…

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