Week 1 Essential NFL Practice News & Notes

Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) did not practice Wednesday. This is something Newton, Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen owners should monitor throughout the week. Newton will likely play, but it's no sure thing, as Rivera's comments suggest.

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) practiced fully Wednesday. Romo is fully expected to play against the 49ers.

Raiders QB Matt Schaub (right elbow) practiced fully Wednesday. Schaub has been benched in favor of Derek Carr.

Titans RB Jackie Battle (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday.

Buccaneers RB Mike James (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday.

Jaguars RB Storm Johnson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

Seahawks RB Christine Michael (hamstring, out) did not practice Wednesday. Michael is still running third on the depth chart, so he wasn't expected to make much of a contribution on Thursday night. Robert Turbin is the running back to handcuff for Marshawn Lynch owners.

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