CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he expects rookie running back Kenjon Barner to see his first action Sunday when Carolina visits the Arizona Cardinals.
Barner impressed in training camp with his breakaway speed, but a sprained foot sidelined him for the first month of the season. The sixth-round pick from Oregon returned to full practice this week.
Rivera says he'll use Barner as a "scat back" and hopes he'll be able to take some of the load off starter DeAngelo Williams. The 30-year-old Williams has carried the ball 62 times in three games.
Rivera says Barner has "home run potential when he's in open space."
Barner isn't the only Panther who benefited from the bye week rest. Cornerbacks Josh Thomas and James Dockery also returned to practice this week.
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