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Panthers Expect to be at Full Strength for Divisional Round

With the rematch set between Carolina and Seattle in the Divisional Round, Head Coach Ron Rivera expects to get back a number of key players and for the team to be at full strength.

It appears the Panthers will be getting healthy at the perfect time.

With the Wild Card winners decided, Carolina will prepare to host the Seattle Seahawks, a team they have become all too familiar with in recent years.

Facing a dangerous team like Seattle will require everyone to be firing on all cylinders and luckily for Carolina they should be getting back a number of key players on both sides of the ball.

In his press conference on Monday, Ron Rivera addressed the media and said that he expects to get Jonathan Stewart, Ted Ginn Jr., Kurt Coleman and A.J. Klein back on the practice field on Wednesday and ready to play on Sunday in Charlotte. The only question mark would be with third down back Fozzy Whittaker who is still recovering from a high ankle sprain and less likely to play.

Stewart has been out since Week 15 and missed the last three contests and will certainly give the offense much needed stability and balance in the backfield. In his absence, Cameron Artis-Payne played well and gained some much needed experience and now gives the team an additional weapon to pair with Stewart.

Conditioning will likely be the biggest thing to work on as the veteran running back who just missed 1,000-yards rushing, prepares this week to get back into game mode.

Ginn, Coleman and Klein were absent for just one game but each has played a critical role in what has been a terrific regular season and will be essential in helping the Panthers beat a tough Seahawks team that beat them in the same round last season.

Ginn has become an extremely important player on this Panthers offense as a big play threat for Cam Newton and said he’ll be fine to play on Sunday according to Steve Reed of the Associated Press.

The team will keep an eye on each of these players and barring any setbacks, should have each of them back at full strength and ready to contribute come Sunday.

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