When Will Williams Return?

During Sunday's broadcast of the Baltimore-Carolina game, Fox Sports reported that Carolina Panthers coach John Fox said rookie running back DeAngelo Williams will miss about a month with a sprained ankle. However, during Monday's press conference with local beat reporters Fox denied the report.

During Sunday's broadcast of the Baltimore-Carolina game, Fox Sports reported that Carolina Panthers coach John Fox said rookie running back DeAngelo Williams will miss about a month with a sprained ankle.

However, during Monday's press conference with local beat reporters Fox denied the report.

After dancing around the question at first, Fox was asked directly if he told Fox Sports that Williams would be out a month and he responded, "No."

Still, where there's smoke there's fire and Williams' injury is typically takes about a month to recover from, especially if it's a high ankle sprain as suspected.

If that's the case, it would make sense if Williams returns to action after Carolina's bye week and possibly be ready to play Nov. 13, which is a Monday night game at home against Tampa Bay.

Williams did get a cast removed from his ankle on Monday. He did not play Sunday against Baltimore.

Despite the fact DeShaun Foster was held to 58 yards on 26 carries, Fox believes those runs played a vital role in the offense's overall success.

The Panthers had 414 total yards against the league's second-best defense as Jake Delhomme threw for a career-high 365 yards.

"Each one of these games has its own personality," Fox said. "That game yesterday, I didn't go into the game and I don't think anybody in that locker room thought we were going to average 5.0 a carry or get 150 yards rushing. All things are possible, but that was the strength of their defense. You have to do it just to make them commit guys do it, and it opened up other things and we were able to execute."

The Ravens came into the game allowing 73.3 yards per game on the ground. The Panthers gained 58.

"(The Ravens) commit some people to the run," Fox said. "You have to keep them honest, so you do attempt to run. But it opened up some things in the passing game. I thought for the most part out O-line did an excellent job identifying some of the looks and technically blocking the looks. I thought our quarterback did an excellent job of making plays along with our receivers down the field."


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