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While safety Tom Zbikowski’s injured foot is the most-significant entry on the Ravens’ injury report, the Carolina Panthers have several players whose status is concerning.
Starting running back DeAngelo Williams was placed on Injured Reserve Wednesday because of a foot injury. Fellow 1,000-yard rusher Jonathan Stewart didn’t practice Wednesday because of a concussion, and quarterback Jimmy Clausen (concussion) was all but ruled out of this weekend’s Ravens/Panthers matchup at Bank of America Stadium.
“I think just like any team in the league, injuries are part of the game [and] they’re part of life in football and the NFL,” said Panthers Head Coach John Fox. “So, we’ve got a next-man-up approach, and we’ll have to have guys that step up and make plays.”
Without Williams and Stewart, Carolina is expected to start backup Mike Goodson, who was the Panthers’ first 100-yard rusher Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Regarding Clausen, Fox indicated to Charlotte-area media that the quarterback start would likely go to either rookie Tony Pike or recent practice-squadder Brian St. Pierre.
The Panthers also held starting linebacker Jon Beason (knee), starting left guard Travelle Wharton, promising rookie wideout Brandon LaFell (concussion), safety Marcus Hudson (ankle) and running back Tyrell Sutton (ankle) out of practice.
Carolina defensive ends Greg Hardy (concussion) and Charles Johnson (hip), and linebacker Nic Harris (knee) were all limited participants on Wednesday.
In Baltimore, Zbikowski’s foot continued to keep him from practicing. The Notre Dame product has missed the last three games since bruising his heel in the Ravens’ Week 6 meeting with the New England Patriots.
Ravens cornerback Fabian Washington also didn’t practice due to illness.
In addition, tight end Todd Heap (chest) and linebacker Tavares Gooden (head) were limited.