Panthers' Smith, Stewart questionable; Rivera expects both vs. Saints wire reports

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he expects wide receiver Steve Smith and running back Jonathan Stewart will play Sunday against New Orleans, although both are listed as questionable on the team's injury report.

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Both practiced on a limited basis Friday.

Smith has been wearing a brace this week in practice because of soreness in his right knee. However, Rivera said Smith had a good day of practice and that "I'd be surprised if he doesn't play."

Stewart missed Sunday's game against Tampa Bay with a sprained right ankle but Rivera said he's making better cuts. Rivera says barring any setbacks Stewart will play. Without Stewart the Panthers were limited to 10 yards rushing in last week's 16-10 loss to Tampa Bay.

Guard Mike Pollack is doubtful with a shoulder stinger.

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