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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Panthers Injury Update: DeAngelo Williams day-to-day

By on 12/02/2014 12:10:00 PM

The Carolina Panthers dropped to 3-8-1 with a loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 13, and running back DeAngelo Williams also came out of the game with an injury. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera suggested Williams had a broken hand when speaking to the media on Monday, and the running back has been officially diagnosed with a fractured bone in his right middle finger.

Williams is considered day-to-day right now, but his availability for Week 14 against the New Orleans Saints, and perhaps beyond, has to be considered up in the air. He had seven carries for 21 yards during Sunday's game against the Vikings, and he has not been particularly effective in the six games he has played so far this season (3.5 yards per carry and zero touchdowns).

Jonathan Stewart, who himself looks to finally be fully healthy, performed well as Carolina's lead back against Minnesota with 12 carries for 85 yards and two catches for 25 yards. So Williams' role had a chance to be limited over the rest of the season anyway, and this finger issue may be an excuse for Stewart to become a prominent part of the Panthers' offense.

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