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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Panthers Injury Report: Jonathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams, Jerricho Cotchery

By on 11/16/2014 07:00:00 AM

After going 3-2 in their first five games, the Carolina Panthers have been not won a single game since week five. Fortunately for Carolina, WR Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring) and starting running backs DeAngelo Williams (foot) and Jonathan Stewart (ankle) are listed as probable for Sunday's game against Atlanta.

 According to the Carolina Panther's team injury report, 13 players are listed as either probable, questionable or out for Sunday's contest against the Falcons.

11th-year receiver Jerricho Cotchery fully participated in practice on Thursday and Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday after suffering a pulled hamstring. This season Cotchery has caught 30 passes for 390 yards.

 According,"Cotchery missed practice time, but his hamstring injury won't keep him out of Sunday's game. He should start in two-wide sets opposite Kelvin Benjamin."

On the rushing side of the ball, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart will be back in action on Sunday.

Williams, coming off of a foot injury was a full participant on Friday after missing both Wednesday and Thursday's practice. This season Williams has rushed for 157 yards on 46 carries as well as four catches for 46 yards. Williams has yet to rush for a touchdown this season. Perhaps Sunday's game could be the first time Williams reaches the end zone.

In his way though will be Jonathan Stewart who is coming off a lingering ankle injury. Stewart was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, while fully participating in practice on Friday. This season Stewart has rushed for 299 yards and two touchdowns on 77 carries with 108 yards on 15 catches.

This week the Panthers will be taking on one of the league's worst defenses. To go along with 124 rushing yards allowed per game this season, the Falcons have allowed 12 rushing touchdowns to opposing backs, including a 213-yard performance to Matt Asiata and the Minnesota Vikings in week four.

This week, with all of Cam Newton's weapons healthy, we could be seeing some offensive success for the Panthers. With Cotchery healthy, there will be some pressure taken off of rookie Kelvin Benjamin to perform against the league's worst pass defense (ranks dead last with 280.8 passing yards allowed per game). Not to mention, having a solid running game against the Falcons will be crucial for mobile QB Cam Newton. Once he can get the running game started, there will be so many options on offense.

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