Hurney said Gettis tweaked a hamstring and the injury is in no way related to the torn ACL that sidelined Gettis last season. Hurney said he expects Gettis to come off the PUP "pretty quickly'' and compete for a spot in Carolina's receiver rotation.
Players are eligible to come off PUP at any time during training camp. If they begin the regular season on PUP, they have to sit out at least six games. Hurney said the Panthers simply are being cautious with what he called a minor injury.
Gettis is expected to compete with Brandon Lafell and the newly-acquired Louis Murphy for the No. 2 starting job opposite Steve Smith. At worst, Gettis should get significant playing time as the No. 3 receiver.
In 2010, Gettis caught 37 passes for 508 yards and three touchdowns. But he suffered the knee injury before last season and did not play at all.