Originally posted on Inside The Panthers  |  Last updated 10/7/11
Ron Rivera continues to make changes to the Panthers' struggling special teams. The first-year coach said today Jordan Pugh or rookie Kealoha Pilares would return kicks Sunday against the Saints in place of Mike Goodson. Goodson missed a practice this week while ill. But the Panthers used Pugh last week against Chicago after Goodson mishandled a second-half kickoff. Rivera said he would make a decision on the returner during Saturday's walkthrough, but it sounds like he could be leaning toward Pilares, the wideout from Hawaii who was bothered by a high ankle sprain last month. “I am eager to see Kealoha. The unfortunate thing for him is he'd made a lot of progress and was doing real well until he twisted the ankle pretty good. But now that we have him going, kind of excited to watch him,” Rivera said. “He's got a nice, quick burst, a good first step, and he does have some good top-end speed. So hopefully if we can give him an opportunity I think he might be able to do something for ...
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