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Carolina Panthers: Injury report for NFC Championship game

By The Sports Xchange   |   Jan. 20, 2016 at 1:58 PM
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Carolina Panthers: Injury report for NFC Championship game

Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart was not practicing Wednesday as the team prepared for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Arizona Cardinals.

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Stewart tweaked his ankle in last Sunday's divisional-round 31-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks. The injury is not expected to be a factor for the NFC title game.

Stewart set the tone on the first play from scrimmage against the Seahawks, breaking off a 59-yard run. He finished with 106 yards -- the first player in 28 games to hit 100 against Seattle -- and two touchdowns.

Stewart missed the final three games of the regular season with a sprained left foot. He suffered the injury against the Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 13.

Stewart rushed for 989 yards in the regular season as the injury prevented him from recording the second 1,000-yard season of his career.

Panthers backup running back Fozzy Whittaker was back at practice Wednesday. He has been sidelined three weeks with a high-ankle sprain.

As expected, defensive end Jared Allen (fractured foot) did not practice. An MRI confirmed he broke a bone in his foot during the fourth quarter against the Seahawks.

"For the most part, it's going to be a day-by-day, and we'll see how he is at the end of the week. He will be listed as doubtful," head coach Ron Rivera said Monday. "We don't expect him to be on the practice field Wednesday."

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