CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Panthers will be counting on second-year quarterback Kyle Allen to help them climb out of an 0-2 hole to start the season.
Allen was named Carolina's starter for Sunday's game at Arizona after Cam Newton was ruled out with a mid-foot sprain. It will be the second career start for Allen, an Arizona native.
“He worked through a lot of the soreness this week and felt pretty good at the end of the week,” coach Ron Rivera said on a conference call Friday. “... The one thing we don't want to do is have another setback. So we want to make sure he is ready to roll and his foot can handle it.”
Rivera said Newton will not travel with the team to Arizona but will instead remain behind in Charlotte to receive treatment.
The coach said Newton is “day-to-day,” leaving his status unclear for Week 4.
Newton aggravated his left foot in Carolina's 20-14 loss to the Buccaneers on Sept. 12 and has not practiced since. It will be only the sixth game the 2015 league MVP has missed during his nine-year NFL career due to injury.
Allen is 1-0 as Carolina's starter, winning last year in Week 17 at New Orleans.
The Panthers have other injury concerns too, most notably at defensive tackle where two-time Pro Bowler Kawann Short is listed as questionable with a shoulder injury. Short will be evaluated Sunday and Rivera said the team is “cautiously optimistic” he will play. If he doesn't, Vernon Butler will get the start.
Also, outside linebacker Bruce Irvin (hamstring), defensive back Rashaan Gaulden (groin) and guard Brandon Greene (neck) have been rule out for Sunday. Tight end Greg Olsen (back) is listed as questionable but is expected to play.
Injuries befall Browns defense
Cleveland could be without its entire starting secondary Sunday against the defending NFC champion Los Angeles Rams.
Safety Damarious Randall (concussion) has been ruled out by coach Freddie Kitchens. Safety Morgan Burnett (quadriceps) and cornerbacks Denzel Ward (hamstring) and Greedy Williams (hamstring) are questionable.
Starting linebacker and defensive captain Christian Kirksey (chest) and tight end David Njoku (right wrist fracture) are sidelined indefinitely. They may need surgery.
Philadelphia wide receiver DeSean Jackson (abdomen) won't play Sunday against Detroit and wideout Alshon Jeffery (calf) and tight end Dallas Goedert (calf) are questionable. Running back Corey Clement (shoulder) is also out while linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill (knee) is doubtful. ... Buffalo ruled out rookie running back Devin Singletary (hamstring) from playing in their home opener against Cincinnati. ... Kansas City will be missing three starters from its offense, including running back Damien Williams (knee), against Baltimore. Left tackle Eric Fisher (groin) and wide receiver Tyreek Hill (shoulder) are already ruled out. ... Atlanta will be without punter Matt Bosher (groin) on Sunday's at Indianapolis. Matt Wile was signed to the practice squad this week and will step in to handle punts and kickoffs. ... The league has banned any on-field pyrotechnics and “flame effects” at any league or team events, including games, in the wake of an incident at last Sunday's game at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. A league spokesman said the matter was being reviewed and the prohibition would last at least through the review. Equipment used for pyrotechnics during pregame festivities burst into flames in the north end zone about five minutes before kickoff between the Titans and Colts. Workers quickly started putting out the fire near the 5-yard line on the sideline near the Titans' locker room.