Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Cam Newton is still on pace to play Sunday, but the Panthers will make the final decision until game day.
While Rivera seems to be hedging here, it seems highly unlikely that Newton will miss this week's game. His movement may be a little limited and he may wear a flak jacket to protect the ribs, but even Newton at 80-percent is better than Derek Anderson or Joe Webb at 100-percent. Expect to see Newton on the field for Week 1.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Jake Marisnick was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored on Thursday night against the Royals.
Jake Marisnick had two hits from the bottom of the order which included a double and a run scored in Houston’s 5 -2 win over Kansas City on Thursday night. His double in the second inning with two outs kept the inning alive and Marisnick scored on a single by Jose Altuve before Yordano Ventura left the game after a rain delay in the second inning. Although Marisnick struggled in the second half, he did finish September/October with a .275 average with three home runs and seven stolen bases. Analysis: Greg Jewett