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Carolina's backfield may not be fully stocked as they head into Week 17.
"I wish I had that problem" of deciding whether to rest players, Rivera said Monday.
"You find out what you are made of," Rivera said. "It's really how you handle the adversity. We talk about the character in the locker room all of the time. ... Well, how do we handle this and how we grow from it,Wholesale China Jerseys, those are all important things. We will be tested. This is a very interesting week."
He was a member of the 1985 Chicago Bears which started the season 13-0 before a loss to the Miami Dolphins. Several members of that Bears team responded by getting off the plane and making the "Super Bowl shuffle" video. The Bears would not lose again, going on to win the Super Bowl.
Prior to Sunday, the Panthers hadn't lost a regular season game in 392 days.
NOTES: Rivera said safety Kurt Coleman, who has seven interceptions this season, will have x-rays following an ankle injury on Sunday. If Coleman can't play,Cheap China Jerseys, Tre Boston would fill in.
Rivera has been through this once before.
But he does hope the loss "sticks in the craw" of players moving forward.
Rivera said given the importance of this week's game he may be tempted to play Stewart if he's close to 100 percent,Wholesale China Jerseys, rather than rest him for the playoffs as originally planned.
"I felt like we disappointed them, I really did," Rivera said.
Rivera said the most difficult part of the loss was returning to the stadium Sunday night to see fans gathered to welcome the team home.
"Hopefully it is something that motivates us and drives us (knowing) that we have a lot to prove," Rivera said. "Our goal is to win the Super Bowl. That's the vision. That's the destination. But we still have to take the journey. This is a bump in that journey."
"Our arrogance showed," Rivera said of '85 Bears.
Fozzy Whittaker suffered a high ankle sprain against the Falcons and will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis, Rivera said. With starter Jonathan Stewart having missed the last two weeks with a foot injury and being a "maybe" for Sunday, it is possible rookies Cameron Artis-Payne and Brandon Wegher will see the bulk of carries.
Carolina players were off Monday and not available for interviews.
Rivera isn't expecting a video
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