"It was very evident that we've got to get (Newton) out there," Rivera said, via the Black and Blue Review blog. "We've got to get our quarterback out on the field, and he's got to get some timing with those guys."
That plan went awry on Sunday when it was discovered that Newton has a hairline fracture in one of his ribs.
X-rays following Friday night's game came back negative. An injury originally thought to be a contusion in Newton's back has now been identified as the fractured rib.