"He looked good, threw a few more passes than we expected. We felt pretty good about it," Rivera said. "He had a big workout yesterday. He spent some time with Ryan running on the underwater treadmill. He did some stuff in the weight room and finished with conditioning. Today, he came out and pushed himself through another workout. He threw the ball well."
Newton wore a larger flak jacket at practice to give his ribs extra protection, and he's in the process of settling on one that fits comfortably.
"He's sore, but it's not like it was when it first happened," said Rivera, who still expects Newton to play Week 1. "He moved around a lot better. I'm excited about it."
Elsewhere, defensive ends
"(Charles) probably could have played against Pittsburgh, but we didn't want to push him out there. He's ready to roll," Rivera said. "Greg is fine. There doesn't seem to be an issue."
Said Johnson: "I feel pretty confident (I'll play Sunday). I'm just taking it day by day and I should be good."
"Trai is coming off the groin. We also know that it is going to be hot and he hasn't had the chance to truly condition like a lot of the other guys," Rivera said. "He's going to have to be spelled on occasion."