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November 27, 2013

Johnson remains out with knee injury

All three of the Panthers' top running backs missed practice Wednesday, although Ron Rivera said the most concerning injuries remain the knee sprains that defensive end Charles Johnson and right guard Chris Scott are recovering from.

Johnson, who leads the Panthers with 8.5 sacks, missed last week's game at Miami after spraining his MCL in a victory against New England. Scott hasn't played since the Atlanta game on Nov. 3.

With rain forcing the Panthers to practice in a ballroom at the Charlotte Convention Center, Rivera said he did not want to risk an injury setback by having Johnson practice indoors.

"Going inside, there was no reason to put him on that carpet," Rivera said. "We just want to be smart. Today was more about getting the mental reps down."

Running backs Jonathan Stewart (ankle) and DeAngelo Williams (bruised quad) and fullback Mike Tolbert (leg) all attended practice but did not participate. Rivera said Stewart typically goes easy on Wednesdays following offseason surgeries on both ankles.

The injury report listed Tolbert with a bruised knee, although he told reporters he's dealing with a hamstring issue and would probably not practice this week.

Tight end Ben Hartsock (knee) and linebacker Chase Blackburn (foot) returned to practice on a limited basis.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on November 27, 2013 at 04:04 PM | Permalink

Comments

Hey, sit Johnson as long as you need to. We need him for the stretch. Get better quick CJ!

Posted by: dennis | Nov 27, 2013 7:03:58 PM

Practice in a ballroom???? When do the Panthers plan to get an indoor facility?

Posted by: M | Nov 27, 2013 8:22:04 PM

As soon as the city of Charlotte will give them the money!

Posted by: Alex | Nov 28, 2013 7:20:36 AM

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