CHARLOTTE — After missing the last two games with a groin injury, left tackle Russell Okung is expected to start on Sunday against the Falcons.
Okung was a full participant in Thursday's and Friday's practices after he was limited on Wednesday. Head coach Matt Rhule expects Okung to start but will have Greg Little and Trent Scott available as insurance.
"We're not quite 100 percent sure of where Russell is," Rhule said. "He's playing, but how comfortable does he feel when he gets out there? I want him to know that if he's struggling, he can always get a blow, he can always get a break from somebody."
Cornerback Eli Apple (hamstring) has been declared out for Week 5. He's the only Panther with an injury status, indicating Carolina's relative health.
"It's a credit to our guys, the work that they've put in throughout the course of the week," Rhule said.
With running back Reggie Bonnafon (ankle) on the practice squad/injured list, Rhule said Trenton Cannon would serve as the backup behind starter Mike Davis. Fullback Alex Armah could also see a few snaps at the position.
Wide receiver Keith Kirkwood (clavicle) was designated to return from the reserve/injured list last week and practiced in each session since then. But Rhule doesn't anticipate Kirkwood joining the 53-man roster this week.
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Carolina is 19-33 all-time against Atlanta.