CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Carolina defensive tackle Kawann Short returned to practice as the Panthers opened the ''mandatory'' phase of minicamp.

Short skipped the previous two weeks of voluntary OTAs while awaiting a new contract. Short refused comment on his contract situation after practice Tuesday.

He's scheduled to make $1.04 million next season as part of the final year of his rookie deal. The 27-year-old Short outperformed his contract with a breakout 2015 season that included 11 sacks - the most ever by a Panthers defensive tackle - and being selected NFC Defensive Player of the Month twice.

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Panthers coach Ron Rivera says it was good to have Short back at practice, saying ''he looked good out here and I think his teammates appreciated having him here.''

Carolina wraps up rookie minicamp on Thursday.

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