FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2016, file photo, Carolina Panthers' Jonathan Stewart (28) warms up before an NFL preseason football game against the New England Patriots in Charlotte, N.C. The Vikings and Panthers will be counting on their backup running backs w
Mike McCarn, File
September 29, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Ron Rivera says running back Jonathan Stewart will miss his second straight game this Sunday with a hamstring injury when the Carolina Panthers visit the Atlanta Falcons.

Stewart was injured in the team's Week 2 win against the San Francisco 49ers and hasn't practiced since.

Rivera says Stewart will be evaluated on Monday.

Cameron Artis-Payne will start at running back and Fozzy Whittaker will be used as a change-of-pace back with Stewart out. Last week Artis-Payne carried 12 times for 47 yards and had one reception for 12 yards in a 22-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Whittaker had five carries for 22 yards and five receptions for 34 yards.

Carolina will also be without first-round pick Vernon Butler, who's expected to miss a few weeks with a high ankle sprain.


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