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 Mobile App