South Sound native Jonathan Stewart is likely to get his second straight start at running back for the Carolina Panthers with DeAngelo Williams still sidelined with a sprained left foot.
Williams missed practice Friday and is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against New Orleans. He hasn’t played or practiced since getting hurt in the final minute of Carolina’s win over San Francisco on Oct. 24.
Stewart, a former star at Timberline High School in Lacey and the University of Oregon, managed just 30 yards on 14 carries in last Sunday’s loss to St. Louis in which the Panthers (1-6) had 25 net yards rushing.
In three starts last season, Stewart averaged 23.3 carries for 150.3 yards, and he finished the year with 1,133 yards. He’s the only player since 1980 to rush for more than 1,100 yards despite starting for fewer than six games.
TWO PATRIOTS FINED FOR HITS ON FAVRE
The NFL fined New England Patriots defensive tackle Myron Pryor and linebacker Gary Guyton $7,500 apiece for hits on Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre.
Pryor’s helmet got under Favre’s facemask and cut Favre’s chin. Guyton committed a roughing-the-passer penalty when he struck Favre in the head and neck area.
Oakland linebacker Rolando McClain was fined $7,500 for grabbing Seattle Seahawks running back Justin Forsett by the helmet in an attempt to tackle him.
Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson (concussion) is expected to start Sunday against the Colts. Vikings receiver Percy Harvin (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals.