Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman returned to practice Wednesday but was limited as he inches closer to being out of the concussion protocol and on the field Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
Norman said he took reps with the first-team defense, and coach Ron Rivera expects Norman to practice Thursday.
Guard Amini Silatolu did not practice with a strained calf, and Rivera said Silatolu is unlikely to play this week. Veteran Fernando Velasco will get the start at left guard and undrafted rookie guard Andrew Norwell will likely be active for the first time in his career.
The Panthers signed guard Chris Scott to the practice squad Tuesday, and it’s possible he will move up to the 53-man roster if he’s healthy enough.
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“We’ve got to see how the rest of the week unfolds,” Rivera said. “We’ve got to see first of all what kind of condition he’s in and make sure he’s in football shape. You don’t want to expose a guy that’s not ready to play and have him get hurt right away.”
Linebacker Chase Blackburn injured his knee against Cincinnati on Sunday and did not practice. Rivera said there’s concern the injury may last longer than a few days, but he said it won’t be season ending.
Safety Roman Harper, linebacker Thomas Davis and defensive tackle Dwan Edwards all had veteran days off. Tight end Greg Olsen (ankle) didn’t practice, just like he didn’t the previous Wednesday. Cornerback Bene’ Benwikere (ankle) has essentially already been ruled out for this week and did not practice.
Running back Darrin Reaves (calf) was limited in practice.