Panthers’ Williams, Johnson set to return

Updated: December 6, 2013

Charlotte, NC ( – The Carolina Panthers expect to have both
leading rusher DeAngelo Williams and defensive end Charles Johnson back for
Sunday’s NFC South showdown with the New Orleans Saints.

Both players were full participants in Friday’s practice and are listed as
probable on the final injury report. Johnson has been inactive for Carolina’s
last two games with a sprained knee, while Williams sat out this past week’s
27-6 victory over Tampa Bay due to a quadriceps injury.

Williams has recorded 610 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 151 carries in
11 games this season, while adding 19 catches for 160 yards. Johnson tops the
Panthers with 8 1/2 sacks and will be a welcome return in a matchup against
Drew Brees and the Saints’ high-powered passing game.

The Panthers are currently tied with New Orleans atop the NFC South and will
bring a franchise-record eight-game win streak into Sunday’s pivotal clash.

Running backs Jonathan Stewart (ankle) and Mike Tolbert (knee) are probable as
well for this week’s matchup, as are offensive tackle Jordan Gross (non-
injury), defensive tackle Dwan Edwards (non-injury) and tight end Ben Hartsock

Guard Chris Scott remains sidelined for Carolina with a knee injury, while
reserve linebacker Jordan Senn (hamstring) is doubtful to play.