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October 29, 2010

DeAngelo Williams out for Rams' game

(UPDATED: The Panthers announced Saturday that RB DeAngelo Williams, OT Jeff Otah and WR Devin Thomas did not make the trip to St. Louis.)

If Jonathan Stewart is looking to kick-start his season, the Carolina Panthers tailback figures to have a golden opportunity Sunday.

Panthers coach John Fox said Friday starting tailback DeAngelo Williams is doubtful for the St. Louis game with a sprained foot.

Williams, the Panthers’ leading rusher with 361 yards, came up limping after a short run during the game-winning drive against San Francisco last week. He did not practice all week.

If Williams can’t go, Carolina has a capable replacement in Stewart.

Though Stewart has struggled to get going this season, averaging 3 yards a carry after offesason Achilles surgery, he excelled in 2009 in these situations. In three starts late in the season when Williams was out with an ankle injury, Stewart averaged 150 yards on 23 carries.

The Panthers won all three of those games. Included in that stretch was Stewart’s team-record, 206-yard outburst against the Giants.

 “We went through it last year both ways. There’s games where Jonathan couldn’t play, and games that DeAngelo couldn’t play,” Fox said. “Regardless of what position on the football team, the next guy’s got to step up. We’ve had a few of those already this year.”

Other than Williams, the Panthers are in pretty good shape on the injury front. Right tackle Jeff Otah continues to be sidelined following August knee surgery; backup receiver Devin Thomas, who was inactive last week in his first game with the Panthers, is doubtful with a groin injury.

Fox would not say whether receiver Steve Smith would return punts again. Smith’s decision to volunteer to run back punts against the 49ers helped energize a Carolina team that was winless through its first five games.

Fox indicated he would stick with the same offensive line the Panthers used against the Niners, with Geoff Schwartz remaining at right guard and Garry Williams getting his second start at right tackle.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on October 29, 2010 at 12:57 PM | Permalink


Stewart never missed a game, yet Fox says he did. Who do we believe? Fox or the game stat sheet?

Posted by: Ben | Oct 29, 2010 3:12:58 PM

I spend alot of money at these games and Im tired of leaving early because we cant get it together. i dont make much money so this is a real dissapointment. I think this sunday will be the last straw before I throw my towel in. (Stop supporting)

Posted by: travis | Oct 29, 2010 4:01:45 PM

Go Rams!!! :)

Posted by: STL | Oct 29, 2010 4:08:19 PM

you also forgot Mike Goodson, this guy is killing it on kickoff return and does work as 3rd down rb coming out of the backfield receiving.
Panthers are stacked at RB to say the least

Posted by: parker | Oct 29, 2010 4:24:58 PM

I don't know how I feel about Smitty returning punts.

On the one hand, he is a fantastic returner. Gives us exactly the type of spark a young team can feed off of.

On the other hand, it significantly increases his risk of injury. That would, needless to say, be worse should he get injured.

Posted by: Gamble20 | Oct 29, 2010 5:39:37 PM

I agree with Parker, Goodson has been very good on kickoffs so far this season.

Posted by: Gamble20 | Oct 29, 2010 5:40:27 PM

This is why the Panthers shouldn't trade Stewart or Williams, like some have been calling for. Stewart is almost always hurt and not at 100%, so we need Williams for the bulk of the season, and Stewart for times like this.

Posted by: nate | Oct 29, 2010 6:09:47 PM

yo travis we won last week! i bet you left early tho lmao @ travis! quit cryin, watch em on tv or get a better job

Posted by: lmao | Oct 29, 2010 9:30:42 PM

BOTH TEAMS HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON. THE RAMS used to be the Los Angeles Rams and the Panthers are destined to be the Los Angeles Panthers. GO CATs!!! ....please

Posted by: terry bradshaw | Oct 29, 2010 9:45:02 PM

Stewart starting and getting the majority of work may be just what the doctor ordered, similar to last few games of last year.

Posted by: td | Oct 29, 2010 10:39:55 PM

Mike Goodson will be the Panthers leading rusher this week. He will carry the ball only a few times but he will make those count.

Posted by: Himountain | Oct 30, 2010 12:28:17 AM

terry bradshaw, LA Panthers . . .what a dumba$$

Posted by: dbigcat | Oct 30, 2010 7:32:53 AM

Travis-true fans never stop supporting. Good riddance. Keep fighting Panthers!

Posted by: appfan1 | Oct 30, 2010 7:53:38 AM


Posted by: jrauhauser | Oct 30, 2010 7:58:17 AM

Dear John Fox:- Too bad you don't read the comments, there's some pretty good advice occasionally. Here's some more: Feature more emphasis on a slot receiver with good downfield skills and speed. Use him like Buffalo used Don Beebee to get the pressure off Reed and Lofton during their big years.
Converting Goodson would be a good place to start.

Posted by: Jerry Lapple | Oct 30, 2010 9:33:20 AM

I like it better when stew starts anyway.

Hey, anybody know what happened to gary barnidge? Haven't seen him since his 50 yd reception in the preseason....

Posted by: chuck | Oct 30, 2010 11:56:34 AM

@ Jerry: You're right there is some good advice here on occasion but Fox and associates are too vanilla (except for a very few occasions) for any creative formations or play calling. Using Goodson as a slot receiver would make too much sense. And where's that Mountaineer package? Edwards is such an accurate passer and good open field runner we really need that change up sometimes.

Posted by: Moondown1 | Oct 30, 2010 2:30:36 PM

I don't understand why the Observer's writers are so negative. I am APPALLED by the article posing the question "should the Panthers sign DeAngelo". I honestly hate the Observer. It was bad enough you "sports writers" ran Julius Peppers out of town with your non-stop criticism. Now I'm no troll by any means, I've read the Observer from Indiana for years. But this year's product (and I mean the paper and it's "columns") is both frustrating and degrading. How about some OPTIMISM once in awhile, ya know, like other cities?

-A real Panther fan (and sidenote, I'm making the five hour drive tomorrow to watch my favorite team, b/c I actually root FOR them and not AGAINST them, unlike the Observer)

Posted by: Al | Oct 30, 2010 11:08:13 PM

hey Chuck, I think Barnidge is still 3rd on the depth chart behind King and Rosario. He still gets in there, but hasn't been thrown to much (if at all). It seems like Rosario is getting most of the looks on passing downs this year. . .

Posted by: Brooks | Oct 31, 2010 1:56:21 AM

This team can go 9-7 and still potentially sneak into the Wildcard round! Get 'er right Seabass!

Posted by: SYRPIS | Oct 31, 2010 7:54:15 AM

You're funny SYRPIS! You are trying to be funny right?

Posted by: I wantJake | Oct 31, 2010 7:14:34 PM

Seems like he is out against the Saints as well

Posted by: TalkProFootball | Nov 5, 2010 6:54:32 PM

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