Many Panthers fans have waited to see rookie Cameron Artis-Payne play, but Ron Rivera sounded off on the topic this week.

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While Jonathan Stewart and the rest of the running backs for the Carolina Panthers have done a very strong job of helping this team get off to a 9-0 start to 2015, it doesn't mean that their rookie back is getting forgotten about.

According to Steve Reed of the Associated Press, head coach Ron Rivera spoke out about Cameron Artis-Payne, and sounded excited about his potential with the team.

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It's a good point that the injuries have kept Artis-Payne from seeing the action, but Panthers fans are still holding out hope that the young running back can carve out a role in the offense at some point in 2015.

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