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Stadium: Bank of America Stadium | Coach: Ron Rivera
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense3rd166.5 (1st)264.5 (14th)
Defense7th106.5 (16th)198.0 (7th)

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Panthers' Jonathan Stewart: Ruled out for Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stewart (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Minnesota.

This was merely a formality, as Stewart is expected to require a multi-week absence, leaving Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis-Payne as the top two options at running back. Mike Tolbert and Cam Newton will also help with the rushing workload, particularly near the goal line.

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Panthers' Fozzy Whittaker: Not starting in Stewart's absence Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Whittaker and teammate Cameron Artis-Payne are likely to be handed a fairly equal amount of carries Sunday against the Vikings, but Artis-Payne will start at running back in Jonathan Stewart's (hamstring) absence, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Whittaker took over once Stewart exited last Sunday's game against the 49ers, finishing with 131 all-purpose yards in his expanded role, but that came while Artis-Payne was inactive. Given Artis-Payne's similar skill set to Stewart, he's generally been seen as excess to requirements when the Panthers' backfield is fully healthy, but in absence of Stewart this Sunday, Artis-Payne's more natural fit will result in him starting. Nonetheless, Whittaker is planned to get a pretty equivalent amount of carries, potentially opening the door for the Panthers to roll with the hot hand if either back gets going. While Whittaker's performance last week helps him in that regard, it's worth noting that Artis-Payne saw the bulk of the work in Stewart's three-game absence to end last season. Furthermore, with fullback Mike Tolbert and quarterback Cam Newton also plenty capable rushers, Whittaker's situation is murkier than it maybe seemed after last weekend, and the Vikings' strong defense could certainly complicate matters Sunday.

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Panthers' Cameron Artis-Payne: Slated to start Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Artis-Payne will start at running back Sunday against the Vikings, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Artis-Payne's first career start will also be his first appearance of this season, as teammate Jonathan Stewart's (hamstring) absence makes his similar skill set a more natural replacement within Carolina's first-team offense than Fozzy Whittaker. That being said, coach Ron Rivera said the two tailbacks are likely to receive a fairly equal split of carries Sunday, making it difficult to put too much stock in either player, particularly against a tough Vikings defense. While Whittaker profited to the tune of 131 all-purpose yards once the injured Stewart exited last Sunday, when Artis-Payne was inactive, Artis-Payne was the Panthers' most utilized runner when Stewart missed the final three regular season games last year. In those contests, Artis-Payne totaled 33 carries for 152 yards and a touchdown, while Whittaker managed 34 yards on just seven carries and missed Carolina's finale due to his own ankle injury.

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Panthers' Jeremy Cash: Doubtful Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Cash is doubtful to play in Week 3 due to a hamstring injury.

It's unclear how Cash suffered the ankle injury but it would be surprising if he sees the field on Sunday. Little more than a depth player, Cash's absence likely won't impact the tea greatly if he does sit out.

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Panthers' Trai Turner: Questionable Week 3
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire
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