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Tolbert (knee) is listed as active Sunday in Minnesota.

Ready to roll for the first time since Week 3, Tolbert's occasional end-zone visit could materialize against a Vikings defense that has given up 12 combined touchdowns to running backs this season. More likely, though, he'll pave the way for the likes of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, keeping Tolbert's boom-or-bust potential in check.

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Tolbert (knee) is probable for Sunday's game against Minnesota.

Tolbert will be ready to return to the Carolina backfield as a fullback and occasional carry/catch vulture, but attempting to anticipate his useful fantasy days probably isn't a worthwhile endeavor.

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Tolbert (knee) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, the Panthers' official site reports.

During the team's Week 12 bye, Tolbert was activated from the IR/designated-to-return list following an eight-game absence due to a hairline fracture/bone bruise in his left leg. Now that Carolina's backfield is fully intact, Tolbert is unlikely to garner touches far from the goal line, if he's able to play Sunday in Minnesota.

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The Panthers activated Tolbert (leg) from the IR/designated to return list Tuesday.

The Panthers have not provided a recent update on Tolbert's health, but it appears he is feeling good enough to resume playing. He will get one more week to rest with the Panthers off in Week 12, but figures to be active for Carolina's Week 13 matchup with the Vikings.

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Tolbert (leg) expects to be ready to play once he's eligible to return in Week 13, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Tolbert is currently on the Panthers' designated to return list, which will prevent Tolbert from playing for four more weeks. However, with the fullback reportedly ahead of schedule in his recovery from a hairline fracture in his left leg, Tolbert is aiming to be full-go for that Week 13 contest versus the Vikings.

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Tolbert (leg) has been placed on the Panthers' injured reserve/designated to return list.

Tolbert suffered a hairline fracture in his left leg during Sunday's loss to the Steelers. While he was initially expected to miss more than a month, Tolbert's being named Carolina's designated player to return will prevent him from playing until Week 13 against the Vikings. Until then, the Panthers will be without their bulldozing power runner, which coincides with fellow ball-carriers Jonathan Stewart (knee) and Fozzy Whittaker (quadriceps) also expected to miss time due to injury.

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Tolbert could miss more than a month with a hairline fracture/bone bruise in his left leg, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

While the report suggests that Tolbert won't need surgery, he's clearly going to miss some time, with coach Ron Rivera acknowledging Monday that that Tolbert's status will "probably be a week-by-week thing." With running back Jonathan Stewart also hurting, the Panthers' backfield depth is taxed as the moment, though on a more encouraging front, DeAngelo Williams is expect to practice on Wednesday.

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Tolbert suffered a stress fracture in his left leg in Sunday's loss to the Steelers, the Charlotte Observer reports.

As a result, Tolbert will miss Week 4's game against the Ravens, at a minimum. Meanwhile, Jonathan Stewart is dealing with severely sprained right knee, with about the only positive Panthers' backfield news to emerge Monday being that coach Ron Rivera said that he hopes DeAngelo Williams can practice on Wednesday.

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The Panthers are awaiting the results of Tolbert's (leg) MRI, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

The same applies to Jonathan Stewart, with Darrin Reaves suddenly the team's healthiest backfield option. On the plus side though, DeAngelo Williams -- who missed Sunday's game -- could return to the mix this coming weekend.

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Tolbert left Sunday's game in the fourth quarter with an apparent knee injury, ESPN's David Newton reports.

Tolbert walked off the field under his own power after suffering the injury on the Panthers' fourth-to-last offensive play of the game. Jonathan Stewart suffered a knee contusion at the end of the third quarter, leaving Tolbert to work as the top back for much of the fourth quarter, when he recorded three of his six touches. The Panthers only had 10 carries as a team, and Tolbert finished his day with four yards on three totes and 20 yards on three receptions. The Panthers will likely have either DeAngelo Williams (thigh) or Stewart (knee) back next week, but if not, Tobert could be in line for significant work. RB Fozzy Whittaker (ankle) also missed Sunday's game, allowing Darrin Reaves to serve as the No. 3 running back. Of the five running backs on Carolina's roster, only Reaves is without a known injury concern.