Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he aims to name a Week 16 starting quarterback on Friday, reports the Associated Press. Cam Newton returned to a limited practice Wednesday after injuring his back in a car accident and sitting out Week 15.
Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams, who's missed two straight games with a hand injury, practiced on a limited basis Wednesday. Running back Jonathan Stewart averaged 21.5 touches the past two weeks, and his workload could take a hit if Williams returns.
Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph did not practice Wednesday due to knee and ankle injuries, reports 1500ESPN.com. Rudolph, who had sports hernia surgery earlier this season, is coming off his best game of the year, catching seven passes for 69 yards against Detroit.