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NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. Sunday (WJZY)

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Panthers’ Jonathan Stewart activated to play

Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart is expected to see his first action in 11 months Sunday against Atlanta after he was activated from the physically unable to perform list Saturday.

Stewart, the franchise’s No. 2 all-time rusher behind DeAngelo Williams, has been sidelined since last November with ankle issues that limited him to nine games in 2012. He underwent offseason surgeries on both ankles and returned to practice Oct. 22.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Williams remains the starter. Rivera hopes to get Stewart six to 10 touches against the Falcons.

Stewart, the 13th overall pick in 2008, has 3,836 yards on 818 career carries. He set the Panthers’ single-season records for catches (47) and receiving yards (413) by a running back in 2011.

To make room for Stewart, the Panthers waived reserve back Armond Smith, a special teams player who was inactive the past two games.

John Fox hospitalized: Former Carolina Panthers coach John Fox is in a Charlotte-area hospital after he became light-headed while playing golf, officials with the Denver Broncos said Saturday.

ESPN reported that Fox was hospitalized after he began experiencing symptoms of a heart attack.

But Patrick Smyth, who heads media relations for the Broncos, said the coach did not have a heart attack. Fox “is in good spirits and undergoing additional testing at (the) hospital,” Smyth tweeted on Saturday.

The Broncos are on their bye week.

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