Two weeks removed from a rollover auto crash that left him hospitalized with two fractures in his lower back,
"Right now, everything is pointing in the right direction," Rivera said. "The reason I haven't said anything [definitive] is because of that one big thing — waiting for doctors to tell me they feel good about it."
Rivera did express some concern at making sure Newton stays protected in the pocket against the Browns. Newton, who told reporters Thursday he was pain-free, has been sacked 36 times in 12 games.
Newton suffered two fractures to the transverse process of his back in an auto accident not far from
Newton missed last week's game -- a 19-17 win over the