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Kelvin Benjamin trying “not to baby” knee in return to field

NFC Divisional Playoffs - Carolina Panthers v Seattle Seahawks

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 10: Kelvin Benjamin #13 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after scoring a 15 yard touchdown thrown by Cam Newton #1 in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during the 2015 NFC Divisional Playoff game at CenturyLink Field on January 10, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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The Panthers had wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin on the practice field for the first time in almost a year last week when he joined the team at Thursday’s OTA session.

Benjamin was back at it on Tuesday and said after the workout that it feels good to be on the field after such an extended layoff. Benjamin isn’t a full participant at this point, but told reporters that he isn’t holding anything back during the drills that he is able to do.

“Not at all. I try not to baby it,” Benjamin said. “I try to go hard. Whatever the route is, I try to trust in the process that we have been doing, the rehabbing. So I just go ahead and make that plant.”

Benjamin said that a knee brace was recommended, but that he’s going without one because it “would be a mind thing” that could get in the way of returning to full speed. After seeing Benjamin catch 73 passes for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie in 2014, no one in Carolina’s going to want to get in the way of that either.