News: Coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that Williams (hand) is in line to suit up Sunday versus the Browns, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: For a second consecutive day, Williams logged a limited showing in drills. While Rivera set the table for Williams' return, the running back isn't a definite candidate to play in Week 16, as he'll soon be fitted for a playing cast. If his abilities to pass protect and catch balls are at all hindered, Williams may sit out for a third game in row. Consequently, expect Friday's injury report to provide clarity, one way or the other, regarding his availability.
News: Newton (back) practiced fully Thursday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports. Barring a setback, coach Ron Rivera said that he "probably" expects Newton to start Sunday versus the Browns, according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer.
Impact: During Newton's media session, he relayed that he's experienced no discomfort in practice the past two days. While admitting he must be "100 percent" for the Panthers to clear him, Rivera's eventual decision will be predicated on Newton's ability to avoid an aggravation of his back in advance of Sunday's game. Expect Rivera to make the call between Newton and Derek Anderson on Friday.
News: Newton (back) handled all first-team reps in the individual portion of drills Thursday, Joe Person of Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: The development comes one day removed from Newton splitting reps with his backup, Derek Anderson, and could mean that the former is on track to start in Week 16 against the Browns. Such a decision is expected to be made by coach Ron Rivera on Friday, which won't leave owners in limbo heading into the weekend.