CHARLOTTE – Cornerback Donte Jackson practiced in full Friday for the first time all week and isn't listed on a barren injury report for Sunday's game at the Eagles.
Linebacker Andre Smith (hamstring) is the only player on the injury report, listed as out after missing last week's game and not practicing all week.
Head coach Ron Rivera said players like Jackson and tight end Greg Olsen – who is preparing for his second game back from a broken foot – won't be on any sort of "pitch count."
But after rookie tight end Ian Thomas and veteran running back C.J. Anderson each just got one offensive snap last Sunday in Washington, and wideout Curtis Samuel got just three, Rivera said that ideally the coaching staff will find a way to keep the team's talented depth involved.
"A guy like Ian Thomas – we can't forget about him now that Greg is back. It's easy to because Greg is one of those guys that can play 65, 70 plays a game, but we also have a young guy that has a bright future," Rivera said. "I want to make sure (safety) Rashaan Gaulden is still getting opportunities out there, whether it's at the strong or the free position. We want to make sure, well hopefully we're in a positive situation to get (receiver) Curtis Samuel out on the field for more opportunities. We also want to get C.J. rolling a little bit more."
Rivera said he typically defers to the assistant coaches when it comes to playing time decisions but that they know his thoughts heading into the game and that "if there's something I see or want to suggest, I'll say it out loud to the headsets."
Still, finding spots where it makes sense to take someone like Olsen or Christian McCaffrey out of the game isn't easy.
"A lot of it is going to be dictated by the situation, but I hope we can do that because they're all good football players and there are some really young guys that need opportunities on the field," Rivera said. "That's the only way you get better."
View photos from Thursday's practice leading up to the Panthers' game against the Eagles.