"Besides the two obvious –
As expected, Barner (foot) and Dockery (thumb) will miss their second consecutive game. But the other six Panthers to miss some practice time this week are all listed as probable.
Rivera said Silatolu, who started all but one game at left guard as a rookie in 2012, should start against the Bills, with
But even with Silatolu expected back from a hamstring injury, Rivera said guards
"We have to just in terms of the development of that unit," Rivera said. "We can't expect Amini to come in right away and play 60 plays; that would be foolish on our part. It's the same way with Chris Scott, who is working his way into a comfort zone with us. The further we go along in the season, the more plays he'll be able to play in a row."
Rivera wasn't ready to say if Mitchell, coming back from a calf injury, would immediately regain his starting role at strong safety. In his absence last week,
"They're both going to play," Rivera said. "We'll continue to evaluate it, and then Sunday we'll have a feel for the direction we're going to head and how we're going to rotate these guys."
Hixon, returning from a hamstring injury, could immediately be in the mix for snaps at receiver behind
Rivera said the goal again this week is to get linebacker
"He hasn't gotten much chance to play a lot of football, but I'll take that guy that played the first three quarters last week," Rivera said. "He's getting there, getting in shape and even better in football shape. I'm excited for him."
The Bills could be without a couple of key cogs in their secondary for the second consecutive week. Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd is listed as doubtful with a foot injury, and former University of South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gimore is out with a wrist injury.
Rookie speedster Marquise Goodwin, who returned a kickoff 107 yards for a touchdown in the preseason, is out with a hand injury.