Jonathan Stewart, Mike Tolbert will play for Panthers vs. Buccaneers

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Two of the teams top three running backs are expected to play on Sunday.

Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart and fullback Mike Tolbert are both expected to play on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneersaccording to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Stewart was questionable for Sunday's game with an ankle injury that limited him in practice this past week, but will indeed get back on the field in what should be a featured role at running back. DeAngelo Williams is doubtful for Sunday's game and is not expected to be able to play, giving Stewart the majority of the carries from the backfield.

The veteran Stewart has played in just four games since returning from injury on Nov. 3, gaining 125 yards on 33 carries with no fumbles while being forced to split time with Williams and the running threat of quarterback Cam Newton. Williams, who has played in every game this season, has 610 yards on 151 carries with two touchdowns.

Tolbert, who is the team's best goalline rushing threat, is also expected to play and could see his number of carries rise as well. The veteran fullback has 253 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 69 carries this season, along with 104 yards and two touchdowns on 16 receptions

The Panthers face the Buccaneers at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, with kickoff on FOX.

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