Cam Newton speaks to the media following Panthers practice Sept. 21, 2016, in the wake of the most recent officer-involved shootings. Jeff Siner jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
Cam Newton speaks to the media following Panthers practice Sept. 21, 2016, in the wake of the most recent officer-involved shootings. Jeff Siner jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Carolina Panthers

NFL monitoring situation but plan is still to play Vikings at Panthers in Charlotte

September 22, 2016 10:44 AM

UPDATED September 26, 2016 01:33 PM

The NFL is monitoring the situation in Charlotte but the plan for now is to play Sunday’s game between the Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings at Bank of America Stadium as scheduled.

“We are planning to play the game as scheduled on Sunday,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. “We are monitoring events in Charlotte and have been in communication with local officials and authorities, and both the Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings.”

Panthers officials met Thursday morning to discuss security measures for Sunday’s game a team spokesman said.

Moving or postponing the game is currently not on the table.

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In a statement, team president Danny Morrison said, “We are in contact with government officials, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the NFL. We are continuing to monitor events as we prepare for Sunday’s home game.”

The streets of uptown Charlotte were calm early Thursday following a second night of protests that turned violent in the wake of Tuesday’s fatal police shooting of a black man.

A timeline of the Charlotte police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott

Protesters have taken to the streets of Charlotte following the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott on Tuesday. Officials allege a black officer opened fire on Scott after he emerged from his car with a gun in the University City area. Family members say Scott, a disabled black man, was holding a book.

Nicole L. Cvetnic / McClatchy

Joseph Person: 704-358-5123, @josephperson