Monday, November 17, 2014, 2:39pm
The Panthers (3-7-1) have a bye this week.
Tolbert has spent the last eight games on the injured reserve/designated to return list with a hairline fracture in his left leg, but is eligible to return against the Vikings.
Rivera says Tolbert's size, along with his ability to run, block and catch passes makes him a valuable weapon in the backfield.
Tolbert has been practicing the last two weeks and says he feels like he's recovered.
During their fourth quarter comeback attempt, the Panthers used Fozzy Whittaker while DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart were on the sideline. Tolbert will add to the crowded mix at RB, but should steal some in-close TD attempts. However, he's a bit of a stretch as a fantasy option in typical leagues.
After Williams left the stadium in a walking boot, his status for the team's Week 5 tilt against the Bears is in serious doubt, according to a source informed of the injury.
Darrin Reaves, who was signed from the practice squad, took over for Williams as did Tauren Poole. Obviously, the Panthers RB situation is pretty dire right now. With Mike Tolbert on IR and Jonathan Stewart also out in Week 4, the Panthers could be left scrambling to add another RB before Week 5. Coming off two straight ugly losses, the Panthers face a rugged schedule that -- after the Bears tilt -- features games against the Bengals, Packers, Seahawks, Saints, Eagles and Falcons.
Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm
Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (thigh, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 4. Williams is expected to start and play big snaps with both Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert expected to be out due to injury. (Stewart practiced on Friday and is listed as questionable, but we doubt he plays.) Williams is a nice pickup for teams in need of short-term (2-3 week) help at running back.
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm
Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (thigh) took full practice reps again Thursday. Williams is expected to start and play big snaps with both Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert out due to injury. He’s a nice pickup for teams in need of short-term (2-4 week) help at running back.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm
Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (thigh) practiced fully Wednesday. Williams is expected to start and play big snaps with both Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert out due to injury. He’s a nice pickup for teams in need of short-term (2-4 week) help at running back.
Tolbert suffered a hairline fracture in his knee in Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh.
This is a hit to a Panthers running game that has been bitten by the injury bug early. DeAngelo Williams suffered a thigh injury and has missed the past two weeks. Jonathan Stewart sprained his knee and his status could be in doubt for this week's game against Baltimore.
Williams is expected back this week however and would be in line for a big workload with Stewart's status very much in doubt.
Panthers HC Ron Rivera revealed Monday, via The Associated Press, that RB Jonathan Stewart will be held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday with a severely sprained knee. He will be reassessed on Friday.
Having already signed tailback Darrin Reaves from the practice squad over the weekend, the Panthers will have to evaluate whether to add more depth this week. DeAngelo Williams is expected to be back and would likely carry a big workload against the Ravens. The team will also be without Mike Tolbert who has a hairline fracture in his right leg. Tolbert's considered week-to-week but will be out for Week 4.
Monday, September 22, 2014, 1:18pm
Both are believed to be knee injuries but both are considered not serious, but it could leave the team thin at RB if either misses time. Fozzy Whittaker was inactive with a quad injury. That left Darrin Reaves, signed from the practice squad, to finish the game. DeAngelo Williams could return in Week 4 against the Ravens.
Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm
Panthers RB Mike Tolbert (chest, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 3. Tolbert will once again be around to kill any upside for Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams.
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm
Panthers RB Mike Tolbert (chest) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Tolbert took a big hit to his chest in Week 2, but it looks like he’s making his way back.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm
Panthers RB Mike Tolbert (chest) did not practice Wednesday. Tolbert took a big hit to his chest in Week 2. Consider him very questionable for Week 3. DeAngelo Williams is not yet back, so Jonathan Stewart may be startable again in Week 3.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm
Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 9:25am
You don't have to look at game film to see the Carolina Panthers weren't effective in the running game during Sunday's 24-7 victory over Detroit.
Statistics -- 62 yards on 24 carries, the worst performance since Carolina had 52 yards on 21 carries in Week 10 of the 2012 season against Denver -- said all you need to know.
But if you look at the film, you'll see the same thing that center Ryan Kalil did after Monday's review.
Mike Tolbert was held to minus-four yards on five carries on Sunday.
"It's a little bit of the offensive line not doing a good job of being consistent,'' Kalil said. "We've done a really good job of pass blocking, but we just have to be better [run blocking]. We can't have a 'my bad' from one player on one play and then another guy the next play.''
That was the case for most of a day on which the Panthers improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2008. Of the 19 carries by running backs, 11 went for 1 yard or less. Seven went for negative yards.
Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:24pm
On Monday, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera had some encouraging news about Carolina's battered backfield.
"Mike Tolbert is OK. He is a little sore," Rivera said. "We'll see how he progresses with his treatment. "He kind of hyperventilated on the field because he couldn't get a clean gasp of air. He's pretty sore because he took a nice shot to the sternum."
Fozzy Whittaker pulled his quad, and Rivera classified the injury as "week-by-week."
DeAngelo Williams is expected to return to practice this week.
"DeAngelo is looking pretty good," Rivera said. "We'll see how he is on Wednesday on the practice field."
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