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October 28, 2010

Williams' status iffy for St. Louis game

What does Panthers tailback DeAngelo Williams think the chances are he’ll play Sunday at St. Louis?

It’s difficult to know because Williams isn’t talking.

Williams, who sprained his foot on the game-winning drive against San Francisco, missed his second consecutive practice Thursday. And for the second consecutive day Williams avoided the media, telling a team official that he would talk after Sunday’s game.

Panthers coach John Fox, as is his custom, also declined to shed much light on Williams’ injury.

“He’s day to day. He gets a little bit better every day,” Fox said.

Given that the Panthers have another tailback who topped 1,100 yards in 2009 in Jonathan Stewart – albeit a back who is averaging 3 yards a carry this year – Fox was asked whether he felt confident in his depth at the position.

“You always prefer to have everybody healthy, and we could have everybody healthy,” Fox said. “We’ll just make that evaluation, it usually goes to an hour and a half before kickoff.”

Second-year back Mike Goodson has received more practice reps this week with Williams out. Goodson had 14 offensive touches the first three weeks of the season, but has only two in the three games since.

“He’s a player we rely on to use in different situations, aside from special teams,” Fox said. “He’s gotten his touches, and we’ll continue to do that.”

But the bulk of the carries will go to Stewart if Williams can’t play. Stewart said Wednesday he still has pain in his surgically repaired Achilles, but classified it as “not anything tragic.”

In other news, Carolina defensive end Tyler Brayton returned to practice a day after his wife delivered a baby girl. Injury report mainstay Jeff Otah remains out following his August knee surgery, while receiver Devin Thomas was limited with a groin injury he said was minor.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on October 28, 2010 at 03:40 PM | Permalink


williams should sit this one out and get 100%. he won't be the difference of whether we do or don't win this game this week.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 28, 2010 5:38:05 PM

Wait, is Thomas Davis on the injured list? Is he playing this week?

Posted by: Joshua | Oct 28, 2010 5:44:34 PM

Mike Goodson = Triple Trouble. Just sayin...

Posted by: ConcordCat | Oct 28, 2010 8:09:20 PM

Goodson should be getting AT LEAST 3-7 touches a game, and if he does well, then more. We've seen flashes of him, but Fox is trying to hide him from us. I thought he did well enough with his opportunities to warrent a few more looks. Especially in the passing game (figure out how to run a screen pass!!)

Posted by: jack | Oct 28, 2010 9:46:27 PM

Who cares?? It is Bobcats time!

Finally, a team that is worth watching in Charlotte.

The NFL product SUCKS this year!

Posted by: JR-SUCKS!! | Oct 29, 2010 9:04:41 AM

Only person who is making money out of this situation is Richardson, putting a bad product on the field and charging full price.

Posted by: ike | Oct 29, 2010 10:04:52 AM

Goodson stinks. He shouldn't see the field at all except in special teams.

Posted by: Robb | Oct 29, 2010 11:04:43 AM

how is it a bad product? the past 3 games have been incredibly exciting regardless of the outcome. you guys are blind.

guys are being coached and giving great effort. it's called rebuilding. we're looking like serious contenders in a year or 2. great draft selections, great development of some young guys on defense.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 29, 2010 11:45:22 AM

why do i not even care that de angelo isnt playing.

Dont we have like 10 running backs that can start in other teams. <3

De angelo - i know you are reading this brother - Get some rest.

John Stewart, Tyrell Sutton, Mike Goodson - Come on Down.

Posted by: nick | Oct 29, 2010 11:48:46 AM

Keydrick Vincent was just released by the Bucs, after starting the first five games. Bring him back and help fix the running game!

Posted by: Al Asher | Oct 29, 2010 12:20:40 PM

Why do I even bother reading Fox's comments anymore? I bet the beat writers have an autotext program just for his press conferences.

Posted by: swiznami | Oct 29, 2010 12:50:43 PM

"Carolina Panthers are nothing without DeAngelo Williams. Hope he is able to play against the Saints"

Posted by: Tonya Lawson | Nov 1, 2010 10:03:20 PM

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