Carolina Panthers all-time leading rusher DeAngelo Williams is still “a couple of more weeks” away from returning to practice, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday. Williams suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 4 at Baltimore and hasn’t played since.
The prognosis of Jonathan Stewart is more positive for Carolina. Stewart is expected to practice Wednesday after being inactive for Sunday’s 37-37 tie at Cincinnati.
Stewart was considered a game-time decision with a knee sprain, but he joined a list of Panthers’ players who have been deemed game-time decisions by Rivera on Friday just to sit out on Sunday.
Despite having missed four games for Carolina this season with a hamstring and ankle injuries, Williams is still the second-leading rusher on the team with 106 yards on 25 carries. Stewart has missed three games and he’s the third-leading rusher with 88 yards on 29 carries.
Fozzy Whittaker rushed nine times for 25 yards Sunday before leaving the game after re-aggravating his quad injury. Darrin Reaves had eight carries for 15 yards, but both backs played well in blitz protection.