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Coach Ron Rivera hinted that Mike Tolbert will remain the Panthers goal-line back.

Rivera alluded to the goal-line role when talking about the 13 pounds Tolbert lost this offseason. "We don't want him to lose that nose for the goal line that he has. A lot of times he's our fourth-down, go-to guy. He's our crunch-time guy," Rivera said. Tolbert had five rushing touchdowns on 101 carries last season while DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart combined for three rushing scores on 249 attempts. Add in Cam Newton's goal-line leaping ability, and the scoring upside of Williams and Stewart is capped.

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Mike Tolbert rushed eight times for 20 yards in Carolina's postseason loss to San Francisco.

Tolbert handled two first-half goal-line carries but was stopped cold each time, initially by ILB Patrick Willis and later by OLB Ahmad Brooks. With Jonathan Stewart (knee) inactive, Tolbert surprisingly led Carolina in carries, with eight to DeAngelo Williams' five. As injury-ruined Stewart is owed a massive offseason roster bonus, Tolbert has a chance to return as Carolina's clear No. 2 back in 2014, behind Williams. At some point, however, the Panthers are going to have to inject their backfield with younger legs.

Mike Tolbert RB CAR 8 Months

Mike Tolbert rushed seven times for 29 yards and caught three passes for 10 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win at Atlanta.

Tolbert had one signature play as he burst into the secondary and absolutely trucked William Moore as he carried defenders to the 5-yard line. Other than that, he was quiet again despite the absence of Jonathan Stewart. Tolbert's second season in Carolina ends with 101 carries for 361 yards and five touchdowns in addition to 27 catches for 184 yards and two more scores. He never had more than 48 rushing yards or 41 receiving yards in a single game all year, burying owners when he didn't find the end zone.

Mike Tolbert RB CAR 8 Months

Mike Tolbert rushed once for one yard in Carolina's Week 16 win over the Saints, adding two catches for five yards.

Mike Tolbert RB CAR 8 Months

Mike Tolbert had 12 carries for 18 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's Week 15 win over the Jets.

With Jonathan Stewart (knee) sidelined, Tolbert saw an expanded role in the running game behind DeAngelo Williams. He failed to score on his first two goal-line carries, but converted from one yard out late in the fourth quarter. Tolbert wasn't a factor in the passing game, finishing with just one catch for seven yards. Despite the increased usage, he'll remain a touchdown-dependent RB4 in Week 16 against the Saints.

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Mike Tolbert rushed three times for 12 yards in Sunday night's Week 14 loss to the Saints.

Tolbert was forced to stay in on pass protection against a blitz-heavy Saints defense and had just five touches. He didn't have any goal-line chances and managed only two catches for 17 yards. Tolbert won't be more than a low-upside RB3/FLEX option if Jonathan Stewart (knee) can't play next week. He doesn't have more than 48 rushing yards in any game this season and hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 9.

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Mike Tolbert (knee) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

Tolbert is fully expected to serve in his usual short-yardage hammer role against the Saints.

Mike Tolbert RB CAR 9 Months

Mike Tolbert (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Tolbert should be fine for Week 14 against the Saints on Sunday night. DeAngelo Williams will also likely be back in the lineup. None of Tolbert, Williams, or Jonathan Stewart will be more than desperation flex plays.

Mike Tolbert RB CAR 9 Months

Mike Tolbert (knee) will play in Week 13 against the Bucs.

Tolbert surprised even himself by getting in practice reps this week, though he's clearly not 100 percent. Avoid him in Week 13 lineup decisions.

Mike Tolbert RB CAR 9 Months

Mike Tolbert (hamstring) doesn't expect to practice at all this week.