DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 1 Month

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.

DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 1 Month

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.

DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 1 Month

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

Williams would have been available in an emergency situation, but with Jonathan Stewart and Fozzy Whittaker both healthy, he won't be needed Sunday. We'll revisit his status leading up to next Sunday's regular season finale at Atlanta.

DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 1 Month

Williams (hand) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns. However, coach Ron Rivera said that Williams is still not comfortable in pass protection with his injured hand and would probably only be available in an emergency situation, the Associated Press' Steve Reed reports.

It will likely be another week of Jonathan Stewart leading the way for the Panthers, with Fozzy Whittaker available as the backup.

DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 1 Month

Coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that Williams (hand) is in line to suit up Sunday versus the Browns, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

For a second consecutive day, Williams logged a limited showing in drills. While Rivera set the table for Williams' return, the running back isn't a definite candidate to play in Week 16, as he'll soon be fitted for a playing cast. If his abilities to pass protect and catch balls are at all hindered, Williams may sit out for a third game in row. Consequently, expect Friday's injury report to provide clarity, one way or the other, regarding his availability.

DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 1 Month

Williams (hand) was limited in practice Wednesday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Williams fit in limited practices last week, yet he still was handed inactive status this past Sunday against the Buccaneers, marking his second DNP in a row. Clearly, the fractured finger in his hand is still hindering him, but as the week rolls on, his status for Week 16 against the Browns could receive clarity.

DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 1 Month

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

Williams' hand is still healing, so the Panthers will go with Jonathan Stewart as the starter Sunday, with Fozzy Whittaker serving as the backup. We'll revisit Williams' status leading up to next weekend's matchup with the Browns.

DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 1 Month

Williams (hand) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, the Charlotte Observer's Jonathan Jones reports.

Head coach Ron Rivera said Williams could be available in an emergency if something happened to one of the other running backs over the weekend, but the most likely scenario is that Williams will be inactive Sunday. Jonathan Stewart will again be the starter for Carolina.

DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 2 Months

Williams (hand) was limited in Thursday's practice.

Despite the return to drills, coach Ron Rivera told Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer that Williams likely requires another week before making an in-game appearance. Friday's injury report could confirm Williams' lack of availability for Sunday's contest against the Buccaneers, but even if he's handed questionable status, it may be a stretch to expect him to play in Week 15. If so, Jonathan Stewart (hip) is ready and willing to handle the bulk of the RB workload for a second game in a row.

DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 2 Months

Williams (hand) was present for Thursday's practice, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.

While Williams' presence on the field Thursday is a positive development, Jones notes that the running back's right hand was heavily wrapped Thursday. We'll circle back on Williams' status later in the day, once the Panthers officially classify his level of participation.