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Williams has been told by the Panthers that the team plans to release him this offseason, NFL.com reports.

Williams is coming off an injury-riddled 2014 campaign in which he played merely six games and consquently posted career-lows across the board. Furthermore, with the Panthers in a tight salary cap situation, Williams' bulky contract, along with the presence of fellow well-paid running back Jonathan Stewart, has apparently forced Carolina to decide to part ways with their franchise-leading rusher. Since being selected by the Panthers in the first-round of the 2006 draft, the 31-year-old Williams has totaled 6,846 yards and 46 rushing touchdowns. Nonetheless, with his career seemingly on the decline, Williams will probably be nothing more than a complementary running back wherever he signs ahead of next season.

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Williams ended the 2014 season with career-lows in carries (62), rushing yards (219) and touchdowns (zero) in just six games played.

Williams endured a very rough 2014 campaign that was plagued by a combination of hand, foot and thigh injuries. Given those ailments, the 31-year-old managed merely six regular season appearances and his on-field production suffered as well. To that point, besides his 72 yards in Week 1, Williams only topped 40 yards once during his other five outings. Additionally, the veteran failed to find the end zone all season, demonstrating the extent of his frustrating season. Meanwhile, long-time tandem partner Jonathan Stewart enjoyed his best season in years, putting the older Williams' status with the Panthers in question heading into this offseason. Should Carolina stand pat with Williams, he'll likely play more second-fiddle to Stewart, as opposed to their previously well-balanced split of touches. Similarly, with youngster Fozzy Whittaker making strides this season, Williams faces even more competition for snaps moving forward, compounding a dynamic that has already capped his fantasy value over the years.

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Williams (hand) ran for 16 yards on four carries against Arizona on Saturday.

As expected, Williams didn't steal much work from Jonathan Stewart, who finished with 123 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Williams actually was the third running back to play for Carolina, as Fozzy Whittaker was the first runner off the bench behind Stewart. That could be a temporary arrangement due to Williams' return from injury, but Whittaker was impressive enough that Williams could be permanently pushed to the periphery at this point. Whittaker ran four yards on his only carry while showing a lot of elusiveness on a 34-yard touchdown off a screen pass.

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Williams (hand) is active for Saturday's game against Arizona.

While Williams will return to the field Saturday, he won't necessarily return to a prominent role in the Carolina offense. Jonathan Stewart has safely outperformed Williams this year, and it would be strange if not ill-advised for the Panthers to significantly alter their offensive approach considering the team's peaking play occurred alongside Stewart's installment as the workhorse running back. In other words, it might not be a coincidence that the Panthers improved when Williams' role was lessened. Williams' return probably does pose a slight setback to Stewart's fantasy value, in any case.

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Williams (hand) is probable for Saturday's playoff game against the Cardinals, Max Henson of the Panthers' official website reports.

No surprise here, as Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he expects Williams to play for the first time since Week 13. Of course, with Jonathan Stewart finishing the season strong, Williams will likely be limited to a complementary role behind his long-time teammate.

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Williams (hand) practiced fully Wednesday.

Coach Ron Rivera indicated Wednesday that Williams -- who was inactive in Week 17 -- looks "ready to roll," which sets the stage for the running back to reenter the Panthers' backfield mix Saturday against the Cardinals, likely in a complementary role behind Jonathan Stewart.

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Coach Ron Rivera says that he expects Williams (hand) to be back in action this week, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Williams was made inactive for this past Sunday's game against the Falcons despite being listed as probable in advance of that contest. Assuming no setbacks with his hand, however, there appears to be a solid shot he'll be available for Saturday's playoff opener against the Cardinals. In such a scenario, we'd expect Williams to re-enter the Panthers' backfield mix in a complementary role behind Jonathan Stewart.

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Williams (hand) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Williams was listed as probable, but with his hand still not fully healthy, and with Jonathan Stewart expected to start anyway, the Panthers will keep Williams sidelined and roll with Fozzy Whittaker as the lone backup to Stewart.

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Williams (hand) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Steve Reed of The Associated Press press.

Williams is set to return to action this week after missing the last three games. Just how much work he receives remains to be seen, however, as head coach Ron Rivera said Williams still has to prove his hand does not limit him on the field. With Williams' hand not quite 100 percent, and fellow running back Jonathan Stewart running well of late, fantasy owners still alive in Week 17 may want to look in a different direction.

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Williams (hand) practiced fully Wednesday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

With an unhinged practice in his back pocket, Williams is seemingly on track to suit up Sunday in Atlanta. However, during his three-game stay on the sideline due to a fractured finger, his replacement, Jonathan Stewart, totaled 352 yards on 66 rushes, good for 5.3 YPC. According to the Associated Press, coach Ron Rivera is expected to stick with Stewart as the Panthers' lead runner in Week 17, which hinders Williams' value. Williams is thus on track to take on a complementary role, which could still prove fruitful against a Falcons defense that has surrendered a league-high 22 touchdowns to running backs this season.