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Sunday, December 1, 2013
Panthers without leading rusher Williams

By David Newton

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers will be without leading rusher DeAngelo Williams for Sunday's NFC South game against Tampa Bay.

Williams suffered a quad contusion last week at Miami when a player's helmet caught him in the thigh area.

The eight-year veteran leads Carolina in rushing with 610 yards, but he hasn't run for more than 46 yards in a game the past six weeks.

Carolina will go with Mike Tolbert, Jonathan Stewart and rookie Kenjon Barner. Coach Ron Rivera called them a "formidable" group on Friday and doesn't expect there to be a drop-off in the running game.

Defensive end Charles Johnson (sprained knee) will miss his second straight game.