The Panthers played without running back Jonathan Stewart, wide receiver Ted Ginn and safety Kurt Coleman in Week 17, but it looks like all three players are on track to return to the lineup this weekend.
Coach Ron Rivera said earlier this week that the team expected all three players to take part in practice when the team returned to the field and that prediction came true on Wednesday. The team will release a participation report later in the day, but the extended break since the end of the regular season and their presence at practice signal that they’ll be playing against the Seahawks come Sunday.
Stewart has been out of the lineup the longest for Carolina. He missed the final three games of the year with a foot injury and his return will be welcome as the team is expected to be without Fozzy Whittaker in the backfield this weekend. Ginn, who led the team with 10 receiving touchdowns, was out with a knee injury and Coleman was sidelined with a foot injury.
Whittaker was the only player absent from the portion of practice open to the media.