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Carolina Panthers To Still Play at Home Amidst Charlotte Protests

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: Police clash with protestors as residents and activists protest the death of Keith Scott September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Scott, who was black, was shot and killed at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte by police officers, who say they warned Scott to drop a gun he was allegedly holding. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

(Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Despite earlier reports, the Carolina Panthers will be in Charlotte and playing at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. The team was in talks about the status of Sunday’s game with NFL officials and law enforcement due to the riots that had the city of Charlotte in a state of emergency.

“We are in contact with government officials, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the NFL”. Carolina Panthers President Danny Morrison said.

The state Highway Patrol and the National Guard were called in to assist police in the area after Kevin Lamont Scott was killed in a police shooting on Tuesday. There were protests on Wednesday, where another person was shot and left critically injured, as well as four police officers. The night started as a peaceful protest and then further escalated as the night went on.

Even though the protests were near the stadium, the Panthers do intend to still play on Sunday.

“We are planning to play the game as scheduled on Sunday,” NFL spokesperson Brain McCarthy said in an email to USA TODAY Sports.

The Panthers will have their hands full as they are facing a Vikings defense that held Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers to just 14 points last Sunday Night.