Panthers RB Williams can't go on sprained ankle, might sit vs. Bucs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- DeAngelo Williams missed his second consecutive practice with a sprained ankle, which could leave replacement quarterback Matt Moore without the Carolina Panthers' top running threat in Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

With Jake Delhomme sitting out again Thursday with a broken finger on his throwing hand, Moore is expected to make his first start since 2007.

Williams was injured during last Sunday's loss to the New York Jets and hasn't practiced this week.

Muhsin Muhammad (knee) and Dwayne Jarrett (ankle) also missed practice, leaving Steve Smith as Carolina's only healthy regular wide receiver.

Running back Jonathan Stewart (Achilles' tendon) and fullback Brad Hoover (ankle) practiced after sitting out Wednesday.

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