Panthers coach Rivera hasn’t decided on kicker

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he won’t decide until

Saturday if Olindo Mare will remain the team’s kicker this Sunday

against the Houston Texans or if he’ll hand the job over to rookie

Adi Kunalic.

The Panthers signed Kunalic on Tuesday after Mare missed a

36-yard field goal attempt in the fourth quarter that would have

given his team a 26-24 lead against Atlanta. The Panthers went on

to lose the game 31-23.

Rivera says Mare ”kicked the ball well” this week.

He also says Kunalic is a little sore from the extra

kicking.

Pro Bowl left tackle Jordan Gross is expected to play this week

after missing the Atlanta game with a right ankle injury. The only

Panther unlikely to play is cornerback Darius Butler

(concussion).