CHARLOTTE – Wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr. showed up unexpectedly on the injury report as questionable for Sunday's NFC Divisional Playoff against the Seattle Seahawks, but there's no question in Ginn's mind that he'll play.
"I'm good," Ginn said. "One hundred percent."
Head coach Ron Rivera said he expected Ginn to play but didn't say whether he'd start. Ginn, who leads the Panthers with 10 touchdown receptions and is also Carolina's top punt returner, missed the regular season finale with a knee injury.
Ginn practiced in full Wednesday and Thursday but went to see a doctor after Thursday's session after experiencing some soreness and was told a day off would do him good.
"It was just a little soreness. That's what happens when you have a little injury, I guess," Ginn said. "I feel fine. Everything that went on today was on the coaches and the staff. I've got to do what they tell me."
Overall, the Panthers' injury report was sparse. Running back Fozzy Whittaker (ankle) was officially ruled out one day after Rivera confirmed that Whittaker wouldn't play Sunday, and defensive end Kony Ealy returned after missing one day with an illness and is listed as probable.
"Kony is fine. He practiced well today after missing yesterday," Rivera said. "He got a little extra meeting time with Coach (Eric) Washington and Coach (Sam) Mills just to make sure he's caught up. He looked pretty good out there."
In addition to being happy with the overall health of his team, Rivera also feels good about the healthy dose of support he expects from the Panthers' 12th man Sunday at Bank of America Stadium.
"The energy that they bring, we'll try to feed off of. That's very important," Rivera said. "We've been very fortunate – in big games, our home crowd has shown up and been very supportive. That has carried us in some instances. That's been a big plus in some of the biggest games we've had since I've been here."
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