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Carolina’s final injury report before hosting Buffalo includes a rare phenomenon

Panthers coach Ron Rivera covers Cam Newton, defensive line, more on Thursday

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera touched a lot of bases - Cam Newton's shoulder, defensive line, Sean McDermott - on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.
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Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera touched a lot of bases - Cam Newton's shoulder, defensive line, Sean McDermott - on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera knocked on the table to avoid jinxing his good fortune.

On Friday’s final injury report before the team’s home opener against Buffalo on Sunday afternoon, there simply were no injuries.

“I’m pretty fired up about it, guys, I really am,” a grinning Rivera said.

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Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Vernon Butler, who sprained his knee in the preseason, will play on Sunday. Above, Butler talks with assistant defensive line coach Sam Mills III during a practice in late July at Wofford College in Spartanburg. Jeff Siner jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Defensive tackle Vernon Butler, who sprained his knee in the preseason, will play on Sunday, as will linebacker Jared Norris (if he isn’t on the inactive list, which is yet to be determined by Rivera).

Quarterback Cam Newton also participated fully in practice on Friday, meaning he threw with no limitations after scaling back the workload on his surgically repaired shoulder on Thursday.

Rivera said he can’t remember a time when this health phenomenon has occurred.

“Probably never,” he said.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton calls Ryan Kalil, his veteran center, a "calming presence." Kalil is coming off serious shoulder surgery.

Jourdan Rodrigue: 704-358-5071, @jourdanrodrigue

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