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Stewart doubtful; LaFell questionable against Falcons

By Joseph Person
jperson@charlotteobserver.com

Ron Rivera started the week by saying he wanted to take a look at some of the Panthers' younger players.

Injuries might make that a reality Sunday against Atlanta.

The Panthers' injury report is filled with veteran starters, only one of whom – running back Jonathan Stewart – is listed as doubtful. Stewart missed the Kansas City game last week with a high ankle sprain and Rivera said Stewart is very doubtful.

No. 2 wideout Brandon LaFell (turf toe) is among a group listed as questionable, although Rivera indicated LaFell's status is more tenuous than safety Charles Godfrey (back), linebacker James Anderson (back) and defensive tackle Dwan Edwards (wrist).

If LaFell is out, Louis Murphy would be the No. 2 wideout, and Armanti Edwards would take the third spot.

With free safety Sherrod Martin on injured reserve, rookie D.J. Campbell would get his first start if Godfrey can't play. Godfrey practiced for the first time this week Friday, although Rivera said he did “very little.”

Anderson and Edwards did not practice all week. But Rivera said both are veterans who know the defensive schemes.

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