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Kalil "ready to go" for Packers game


CHARLOTTE – Center Ryan Kalil has declared himself "ready to go" and intends to play the entire game when the Panthers host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Kalil, who revealed Friday that the ankle injury he suffered nearly two weeks ago was of the dreaded high-ankle sprain variety, is one of seven Carolina players listed as probable.

Left guard Andrew Norwell (hamstring) and defensive tackle Dwan Edwards (ankle) have been ruled out, the third consecutive game that Edwards will miss. Amini Silatolu will start for Norwell.

Kalil, addressing the media for the first time since suffering the injury against the Eagles on Sunday Night Football, discussed the injury and his return from it. He returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday and fully participated Friday.

"I got a high ankle sprain in the beginning of the third quarter," Kalil said. "One of the guys fell on the back, so I just taped it up and went.

"It got pretty swollen after that game. When you're already going and the adrenaline is flowing, you can fight through stuff, but the next day it plumped up. We were hoping with the Monday game (last week against the Colts), that would give me a little more time to get the swelling out, but I just couldn't get ready in time."

Kalil said he'd have to manage the injury in the coming weeks but that he plans to play the entire game.

"In my ninth year, I've got a grocery list of stuff that I've got to manage from week to week," Kalil said. "This will just got on that list."

Head coach Ron Rivera said that the only player listed as probable – a list that includes rookie linebacker Shaq Thompson – that might still have a hurdle to clear is defensive end Mario Addison, who sat out last week with a shoulder injury.

"He's been out there running around, doing stuff. But the one thing he hasn't done because we didn't have our normal Wednesday practice is that he hasn't been in full pads with contact," Rivera said. "The only one who really knows is Mario."

Rivera said the relatively good health of the team would lead to some tough decisions regarding the 46-man roster for game day, but he has already made up his mind about Norwell's replacement. Chris Scott went in initially when Norwell suffered a hamstring injury Monday before the Panthers turned to Silatolu, their starter at left guard when healthy from the beginning of his rookie year in 2012 up until his latest injury sidelined him midway through last season.

"In training camp, he looked really good," Rivera said. "He was pushing Andrew, and Andrew was pushing him. We had a great battle going. We even talked about whether it was going to be a situation where we were going to rotate three guys at guard. It was a good problem to have.

"(Amini) has a real nice look in his eye right now."

View photos from the Panthers' week of practice leading up to their game versus the Packers.

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