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Panthers getting healthier as season progresses

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The Panthers have won eight straight, and are headed into their latest biggest game of the season against the Saints next Sunday night.

And the good news is they’re getting a pair of key contributors back in time for it.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters that defensive end Charles Johnson and running back DeAngelo Williams were expected to return to practice Wednesday after missing yesterday with injuries.

Johnson’s missed the last two with a knee sprain after getting leg-whipped against the Patriots, while Williams missed yesterday’s win over the Buccaneers with a quadriceps strain.

The fact the Panthers didn’t miss a beat without their highest-paid player and their leading rusher is indicative of the kind of team concept Rivera has established, and part of the reason they have a good shot at the NFC South title with a pair of games against the Saints remaining.

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12 Responses to “Panthers getting healthier as season progresses”
  1. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Dec 2, 2013 12:51 PM

    I love Charles Johnson. Dude is the real freaking deal – flew under the radar for way too long.

    Marcus Cannon should respect other people’s careers a little more too. You shouldn’t need a rule to know that leg-whipping is the wrong thing to do and shouldn’t ever be done.

  2. hardythekraken says: Dec 2, 2013 12:56 PM

    Bring on the Saints.

  3. ninersareyesterdaysnews says: Dec 2, 2013 12:56 PM

    Panthers are a great team. They will catch the Saints and win the NFC South.

  4. whoisrdymlz says: Dec 2, 2013 1:11 PM

    The Panthers look a team that will win out. I thought Seattle would for sure as well until they suddenly got thin in the secondary and Harvin’s hip flared up again.

  5. trollhammer20 says: Dec 2, 2013 1:24 PM

    If the playoffs began today, I’d take the two current NFC Wild Card teams, the Niners and the Panthers, over the Division winners they’d be facing (Dallas/Philly or Detroit).

  6. dtownsportslions says: Dec 2, 2013 1:32 PM

    The Panthers are scary

  7. corkspop says: Dec 2, 2013 1:39 PM

    Looks like Jonathan Stewart may be the odd man out. He’s not as fast as Williams and not as strong as Tolbert (my favorite Panther). Both of those were evident yesterday. But, I guess its good to have him in case of any other injuries.

  8. 6ball says: Dec 2, 2013 1:58 PM

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    For AFC fans this is Nirvana. You get to relax and watch great football without having a dog in the fight

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  9. dvdman123 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:10 PM

    I think the Saints will put a Boubon Street whipping on them next Sunday and bring them back to reality.

  10. thundastormz says: Dec 2, 2013 6:02 PM

    Saints better make some extra spicy gumbo next week because they are gonna be chilly after they all have to ICE UP SON!!!!

  11. jgedgar70 says: Dec 3, 2013 10:08 AM

    What the Saints cannot adequately prepare for is that gigantic bowling ball with 35 on his chest rolling over them. ICE UP, SON!

    If we use him and all the other weapons to dominate the clock, there will be insufficient time for Brees to burn our somewhat suspect safties. It’s going to be a great game.

  12. psan07 says: Dec 4, 2013 8:12 AM

    @dvdman123 It seem like the Hawks brought you guys down to reality Mon. Well, more like dropped ya’ll on your heads.

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