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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Injury update: Tolbert in question for Bucs

By David Newton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's a good thing the Carolina Panthers don't have a Thanksgiving Day game, because running back Mike Tolbert wouldn't be able to play.

Tolbert injured his right hamstring and bruised his knee Sunday on the game-winning drive against Miami. He is hopeful he'll be ready for Sunday's home game against Atlanta, but reminded the Panthers (8-3) tend to be cautious when dealing with injuries.

"You know how they are," said Tolbert, who was injured on a 15-yard run to the Miami 6-yard line with 59 seconds to play. "They are more long-term than immediate."

Leading rusher DeAngelo Williams (quad) and Jonathan Stewart (ankle) also were on Wednesdays' injury report and did not practice, but coach Ron Rivera said that was more precautionary.

Defensive end Charles Johnson, who missed the Miami game with a sprained right knee, also was held out as the Panthers moved practice inside to the Charlotte Convention Center due to a winter storm.

Rivera said there was no need putting Johnson at risk working out on carpet in a ballroom, and that he wouldn't get a true read on his availability until Thursday or Friday.

Linebacker Chase Blackburn and tight end Ben Hartsock, who missed the past two games with a sprained knee similar to Johnson's, returned to practice on a limited basis.