DeAngelo Williams not expected to return

If the Panthers are going to pull off an upset against Minnesota Sunday night, it will likely have to come without DeAngelo Williams

Carolina’s lead back hurt his ankle in the first half against the Vikings.  He tested his ankle after halftime, but has been seen in the second half sitting on the bench with his parka on.  It does not appear like Williams will return.

Jonathan Stewart and Tyrell Sutton are handling the running back chores for Carolina now.  Williams rushed for 13 yards on six carries before leaving, likely crushing the hopes of many a fantasy football owners out there.

The Vikings are leading the Panthers 7-6 at the end of three quarters.

UPDATE: Steve Smith scored from 42 yards out a moment after we posted this.  12-7 Panthers.