After the Eagles' players happily received an early dismissal from practice at Lehigh University earlier in the week because of lightning, another violent thunderstorm forced a delay in tonight's exhibition game against the Carolina Panthers at Lincoln Financial Field.

As officials discussed whether they should stop play with 5:01 remaining in the opening quarter, a lightning bolt hit just behind the north end zone and players from both sides made the decision on their own to vacate the playing field, stopping the game at 8:32 p.m.

The Eagles then posted a message on the scoreboard advising the fans to take cover inside the stadium concourses. The team said the lightning delay should last at least 45 minutes.