DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 8 Months

Coach Ron Rivera said DeAngelo Williams (quad) will start Sunday night's game against the Saints.

DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 8 Months

DeAngelo Williams (quad) is listed as probable for Week 14.

Carolina's three-headed backfield will be intact against New Orleans.

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DeAngelo Williams (quad) is practicing again Thursday.

Williams will almost certainly be back to reclaim his role in the Panthers' three-headed running back committee. None of the trio will be strong fantasy plays at New Orleans on Sunday night.

DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 8 Months

DeAngelo Williams (quad) returned to practice Wednesday.

As expected. Williams didn't practice at all last week and was inactive for Week 13 against the Bucs. This suggests it wasn't a serious injury, and Williams was probably close to playing. He'll reenter the three-headed committee that is the Carolina backfield. Williams is merely a desperation flex play.

DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 8 Months

DeAngelo Williams (quad) is expected back at practice Wednesday.

Williams didn't practice at all last week and was inactive against the Bucs. That led to a season-high 16 touches for Jonathan Stewart as well as 12 for Mike Tolbert. But the quad strain isn't serious, meaning the Panthers will revert back to their value-crushing three-headed monster in Sunday night's showdown against the Saints. Williams, Stewart and Tolbert will all be desperation flex plays only.

DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 8 Months

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports DeAngelo Williams (quad) is "very doubtful" to play Sunday against the Bucs.

Williams missed practice every day this week and is listed as questionable on the injury report. Coach Ron Rivera acknowledged on Friday that there was real concern surrounding Williams' Week 13 status. With Williams likely to be sidelined, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert will carry the load. Stewart is the favorite to handle early-down duties, while Tolbert will work in on third downs and in goal-line situations. Both are merely flex options.

DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 8 Months

Coach Ron Rivera acknowledged Friday the Panthers have a "lot of concern" with injured DeAngelo Williams (quad).

Rivera said he'll decide on Saturday whether Williams will face Tampa Bay. Williams' injury wasn't even known until Wednesday, but there's a very good chance it'll force him into inactivity against the Buccaneers. If so, the Panthers' three-headed monster backfield would turn into a two-back ordeal with Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert. Stewart would be the best flex option.

DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 8 Months

DeAngelo Williams (quad) remained sidelined at Panthers practice Friday.

Williams hasn't practiced at all this week and appears to be in danger of missing Sunday's game. He's been starting and leading the Carolina backfield, but the volume -- 8-12 touches -- hasn't been ideal for fantasy purposes. If Williams does indeed sit out, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert will carry the load. Neither would be more than a flex play against Tampa Bay's stout run defense.

DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 8 Months

DeAngelo Williams (quad) did not practice Wednesday.

Williams hasn't appeared on the injury report with his quad issue since Week 9, but it's possible he may have aggravated it in Sunday's win over Miami. Averaging just 33.3 rushing yards over his last four games, Williams won't be more than a low-end FLEX option for Week 13.

DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 8 Months

DeAngelo Williams rushed six times for 14 yards in Carolina's Week 11 victory over the Patriots.

There wasn't much running room to be had for the Panthers' stable of running backs. Williams and Mike Tolbert combined for 31 yards on 12 carries, while Jonathan Stewart pitched in ten yards on four totes. Williams tacked on two receptions for 11 yards. Overall, with Stewart returning to the mix last week, it's left this backfield as a fantasy situation to avoid. None of the three are going to see the desired volume to warrant flex consideration. The Panthers travel to Miami next.