CHARLOTTE – Amini Silatolu is set to start Sunday in the right guard spot usually occupied by Trai Turner.
Turner is in the concussion protocol and has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Packers. Linebacker Shaq Thompson (foot) will miss his second consecutive game.
Guard/center Tyler Larsen (foot) didn't practice Friday and is listed as questionable, but head coach Ron Rivera thinks Larsen will be available to back up Silatolu.
"Amini has practiced very well, plus he has started for us at that position so he knows the guard position," Rivera said. "Tyler has been playing mostly at center; Amini has taken most of his reps this year at guard and tackle.
"He's very physical in the way he plays – one of those guys who if he gets his hands on you has a chance to do something. He's got good power, too, which we like because being effective running the ball at this point in the year is important to us."
The Panthers drafted Silatolu in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft and he was Carolina's starter at left guard each of his first three seasons when healthy. He was healthy for 15 games as a rookie but just 10 over the next two seasons, and come his fourth NFL season – in 2015 – Turner and Andrew Norwell had established themselves as the Panthers' starting guards.
Silatolu prepared to possibly play tackle in 2015 before suffering a knee injury and has played a few snaps at tackle this season. He was out of football in 2016.
Wide receiver Devin Funchess (shoulder) didn't practice for the second consecutive Friday and is listed as questionable, but he played last week and is expected to this week.
"He practiced hard Wednesday and Thursday. We just wanted to give him a day," Rivera said. "It worked last week, so we'll do it again."
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