The Carolina Panthers aren't expected to have running back DeAngelo Williams for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Williams, who suffered a high-ankle sprain against the Baltimore Ravens in week four, has missed two practices this week.
Expectations for Jonathan Stewart are a bit cloudy. David Newton, who covers the Carolina Panthers with ESPN, said that Stewart is "doubtful". Head coach Ron Rivera told reporters on Thursday that he's essentially day-to-day and perhaps even a game-time decision.
Rivera says it will depend on how Jonathan Stewart feels Fri. and Sat. as far as whether he'll play.— Joe Person (@josephperson) October 9, 2014
And Stewart said that he's expecting to play.
Jonathan Stewart says he expects to play this week, but then said he expected to to play last week, too. Not much insight.— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) October 8, 2014
If both players, who were out last week against the Chicago Bears, sit this weekend against the Bengals, then Darrin Reaves will get the start (though he missed Wednesday's practice too). Reeves and Chris Ogbonnaya combined for 59 yards rushing on 19 carries last week.
Tight end Greg Olsen, who has four touchdowns already this season, has missed both practices this week. However, he's expected to play through his ankle injury.
"Yeah, I’ll be fine," said Olsen via ESPN. "I was able to do some running today, and hopefully will be back out there to get some practice in tomorrow."
Cornerbacks Bene Benwikere and Josh Norman aren't expected to play this weekend.