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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.

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Tolbert (chest) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Tolbert is available if you need him Sunday and he could see some added Week 3 looks behind Jonathan Stewart, with DeAngelo Williams inactive for the contest.

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Tolbert (chest) is probable for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.

Tolbert practiced fully Friday, so he's ready to go for Sunday. He has just six yards on 11 carries and five catches for 35 yards in two games, so he's off the radar outside of extremely deep formats.

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Tolbert (chest) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

During the post-practice media session, coach Ron Rivera relayed that he believes Tolbert will suit up Sunday against the Steelers. However, if DeAngelo Williams (thigh) is deemed healthy enough to play, Tolbert's snaps would likely be contained to the goal line against a porous Steelers run defense (170 yards allowed per game this season).

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Tolbert (chest) is not practicing Wednesday, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Tolbert took a hard hit from Lions' defensive tackle Nick Fairley on Sunday, forcing him to exit late in the Panthers' Week 2 win. Since then, Tolbert has reportedly been sore, so Wednesday's absence from practice is likely for rest purposes. Nonetheless, expect Tolbert's status to be updated leading up to Sunday night's game against the Steelers.

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Tolbert totaled negative five rushing yards on his four carries Sunday, but amassed 33 receiving yards on three catches in Carolina's Week 2 win over Detroit.

Tolbert was shut down running the ball, a rare occurrence for the bowling ball fullback. However, to his credit, Tolbert did do damage as a pass catcher, recording just his fourth game of over 30 receiving yards since joining the Panthers in 2012. No matter, Tolbert's fantasy value remains rooted in his red zone potential and he is yet to find pay dirt this season.

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Tolbert carried seven times for 11 rushing yards and caught two passes (on four targets) for six receiving yards in Sunday's road win over the Buccaneers.

Tolbert struggled to get much going Sunday, but his touch total of nine is encouraging going forward. Noted for his red zone potency, Tolbert garnered three touches inside Tampa Bay's 20-yard line, although he mustered just five yards combined. The Panthers' fullback will look to find pay dirt for the first time this season against the Lions at home next Sunday.

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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.