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Friday, November 14, 2014

Panthers Injury Update: Cam Newton, DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart

By on 11/14/2014 04:31:00 PM

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said on Wednesday that he's playing hurt despite earlier comments by head coach Ron Rivera, reports Chris Wesseling of Elsewhere, running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart have been officially listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Rivera said that Newton was “not injured” after looking hobbled Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, but Newton admitted he was playing hurt and told reporters that he “[hasn't] felt 100 percent in a long time.” Newton said that he will still be able to play and his injury was not an excuse for Carolina's poor performance.

After a strong 2013 season, Newton's performance has dipped and he's taken a lot of hits behind a suspect offensive line. Newton underwent ankle surgery in the offseason and reports came out earlier in the week that he was dealing with a right foot injury.

Stewart missed three games earlier in the season and was limited the past two weeks with an ankle injury. He returned to practice on Friday and is expected to play Sunday.

Williams has missed six games this season due to multiple injuries, the most recent being a foot problem. He returned to practice Friday after being held out earlier in the week and is also expected to play.

The Panthers have been struggling, but are hanging on in the race in a week NFC South. Carolina needs a win Sunday and having some semblance of a run game with Williams and Stewart would help.  

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