DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 6 Days

Williams (thigh) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Lions.

Absent from practice both Thursday and Friday with a thigh concern, Williams will remain out of the backfield mix in Week 2, which doubles as Cam Newton's (ribs) season debut. Nevertheless, expect Jonathan Stewart to scoop up a fair amount of Williams' typical workload, with Mike Tolbert also in line for more touches.

DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 6 Days

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport relays that Panthers coaches do not expect Williams (thigh) to play Sunday against the Lions.

We'll verify Williams' status, either way, as Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff approaches, but if he is unable to suit up, Jonathan Stewart would be next in line for the Panthers' carries, with Mike Tolbert also in the mix.

DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 7 Days

Williams (thigh) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions.

Williams missed the last couple days of practice with the injury, and it could prevent him from playing this Sunday - head coach Ron Rivera said Williams will be held out if his burst his hampered on game day. If Williams is unable to go, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert figure to split the work in the Panthers' backfield.

DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 8 Days

Williams (thigh) was not spotted at the media portion of Friday's practice, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.

It's possible Williams could get some work in behind the scenes Friday, but his absence from the early part of practice leaves his Week 2 status in doubt. Expect an update on Williams' status when the Friday's injury report is released.

DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 8 Days

Williams didn't practice Thursday due to a sore thigh, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.

After reporting no issue Wednesday, Williams was suddenly a non-participant in drills just one day later. The development is worrisome for the occasionally-injured back, who has missed 17 of 129 possible games in his eight-plus years in the league. As the week carries on, continue to watch his status closely.

DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 8 Days

Williams (undisclosed) wasn't in pads during practice Thursday, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Williams has missed at least one game in four of his eight seasons in the league, logging time in 112 of a possible 129 contests. The reason for Thursday's absence is unknown, so we won't assume that another DNP is imminent. However, his status should be confirmed once coach Ron Rivera speaks with the media following drills.

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Williams had 14 carries for 72 yards in Sunday's 20-14 win at Tampa Bay. He was targeted just once in the passing game.

Williams easily outperformed Jonathan Stewart, who had nine carries for only 20 yards. Stewart was involved more as a pass catcher, however, grabbing three passes for 17 yards. With Mike Tolbert also in the mix, especially around the goal line, it's hard to get too excited about Williams, despite his solid outing Sunday.

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Williams had three carries for nine rushing yards and one catch on one target for five receiving yards in Sunday's preseason game against the Chiefs.

Williams started the game but didn't do much in his limited time, although he was then vastly-outplayed by Jonathan Stewart, who ran four times for 26 yards and two touchdowns, which came on runs of two and three-yards. Fozzy Whittaker also had a solid performance, rushing 13 times for 71 yards and a touchdown, although Stewart remains Williams' main competition for carries. There is now talk that Stewart could get a few goal-line looks, which essentially make Williams the third option in close, following Stewart and quarterback Cam Newton.

DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 1 Month

Williams will play in Sunday's preseason game against the Chiefs, ESPN reports.

Williams was held out of the Panthers' preseason opener Friday simply for rest purposes. However, with more than a week to prepare between games, Williams is expected to receive significant playing time in Sunday's second exhibition outing. After that, the Panthers have just five days until their third preseason game, so Sunday versus Kansas City figures to be Williams' longest appearance before regular season action.

DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 1 Month

Williams sat out Friday's preseason opener against the Bills due to a coach's decision, ESPN's David Newton reports

With Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) also not playing, Kenjon Barner got the start and failed to impress. Williams and Stewart are still expected to work in tandem this season, with Mike Tolbert (again) eating into the fantasy value of both. Williams should once again serve as the starter, but Stewart is expected back for the regular season, while Tolbert and Cam Newton are the primary rushing threats at the goal line.