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Williams (ankle) will start at running back in Thursday's game against the Saints, NFL.com reports.

Williams has been sidelined for six games this season due to hamstring and ankle injuries, but will make his long-awaited return Thursday. The Panthers' franchise-leading rusher will start at running back, with Jonathan Stewart expected to fulfill his usual complementary role. From there, Carolina may roll with the hot hand Thursday versus New Orleans. Nonetheless, minus fullback Mike Tolbert (leg), the Panthers will finally have their preferred backfield rotation available in Week 9.

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Williams (ankle) has informed Panthers' coach Ron Rivera that he's "ready to roll" for Thursday's game against the Saints, the Associated Press reports.

Williams has missed six games this season due to a combination of hamstring and ankle injuries. The Panthers' all-time leading rusher has not played since Week 4, but is apparently ready to return for this week's NFC South clash versus the Saints. Although it's unclear how much Williams will be involved Thursday, his return figures to impact Jonathan Stewart's touches moving forward. With both running backs healthy, expect Carolina to revert to their usual tandem running approach, with quarterback Cam Newton also carrying the ball on occasion.

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Coach Ron Rivera indicated Thursday that Williams (ankle) is not ready to play this week, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Per Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, Rivera is hopeful that Williams could play next Thursday against the Saints, with Jonathan Stewart on track to head the Panthers' Week 8 rushing attack on Sunday against the Seahawks.

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Williams (ankle) worked with trainers on the side at Wednesday's practice, ESPN.com reports. "He did a lot of work, pushing sleds and running," coach Ron Rivera said. "That was very encouraging. The next step is to see how he feels tomorrow."

Just last Monday, Oct. 13, Rivera said that Williams was a "couple of weeks" from a return, but Wednesday's development opens the door, albeit slightly, for active status Sunday against the Seahawks. If he fails to sidestep a fourth DNP in a row, though, Jonathan Stewart is the main man in the Panthers' backfield with Fozzy Whittaker (thigh) also sitting out the first practice of the week.

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Williams (ankle) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice.

With a few weeks remaining before a return is plausible, Williams' absence isn't a shock. Because Fozzy Whittaker (thigh) is also out of commission, Jonathan Stewart remains the focus of the Panthers' backfield, as he's coming off a 13-carry, 50-yard performance on the ground this past Sunday at Green Bay.

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Williams (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Packers, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Williams never had a realistic shot at playing against Green Bay, so his downgrade comes as no surprise. Coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Williams is still a "couple of weeks" away from returning, meaning the door is open for Jonathan Stewart (knee) to serve as the primary running back in the near term.

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Williams (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against Green Bay, the Charlotte Observer reports.

The Panthers aren't officially ruling him out yet, but Williams remains a few weeks away from playing and will be inactive on Sunday. Jonathan Stewart (knee) will start for Carolina.

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Williams (ankle) is still "a couple weeks away" from returning to game action.

Williams is still recovering from a high ankle sprain suffered in Week 4 and apparently won't be available in the next couple weeks. As a result, the Panthers will hope Jonathan Stewart (knee) can return for this Sunday's game; otherwise, Carolina will once again be left with the uninspiring duo of Fozzy Whittaker (quadriceps) and Darrin Reaves.

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Williams (ankle) is out for Sunday's game against the Bengals, the Charlotte Observer's Jonathan Jones reports.

Last we heard, Williams was still wearing a walking boot, so there was never much of a chance that he would suit up for this game. The Panthers' rushing attack looks like it will be convoluted mess again in Week 6.

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Williams (ankle), who recently had his cast removed, is still wearing a walking boot, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Williams looks a long-shot to play this weekend versus the Bengals, after suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 4. As a result, the Panthers' will likely use some combination of Fozzy Whittaker, Darrin Reaves (hip), and Chris Ogbonnaya versus the Bengals, since Jonathan Stewart (knee) is also less than 100 percent healthy.