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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.

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Williams, who has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bears, is suffering from a high ankle sprain and will have his cast removed Friday.

Williams' injury this week has bounced between being termed as an ankle or a foot issue, but finally, confirmation of a high ankle sprain has now come. That type of injury is usually tricky to overcome in short order, so Williams' status will have to be monitored in the next week or so. With Williams definitely out this weekend, rookie Darrin Reaves and recent signing Chris Ogbonnaya are the Panthers' only healthy running backs, since Jonathan Stewart (knee) and Fozzy Whittaker (quadriceps) are still short of 100 percent.

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Williams (foot) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Bears, ESPN reports.

Williams entered this week as doubtful after suffering a foot injury during last Sunday's game, but is now wearing a cast on his right foot and faces another sideline spell. The veteran's latest injury further depletes the Panthers' backfield options, leaving rookie Darrin Reaves and recent signing Chris Ogbonnaya as Carolina's only healthy running backs. However, although Jonathan Stewart (knee) and Fozzy Whittaker (quadriceps) are also banged-up, both ball-carriers stand a chance of being cleared for Sunday, potentially adding a needed boost to the Panthers' offense.

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Williams approaches Week 5 in the doubtful category after suffering a right foot injury Sunday against the Ravens, the Charlotte Observer reports.

While coach Ron Rivera noted that Williams' foot is sore, the running back appears to have avoided any structural damage. With Jonathan Stewart dealing with a sprained right knee and Fozzy Whittaker banged up as well, Darrin Reaves and Tauren Poole currently slot in as the team's healthiest backfield options. The report adds the the Panthers are likely to add veteran depth at running back in the coming days, but Williams is, in any case, very iffy for Sunday's game against the Bears.