Williams active for Panthers; Falcons short-handed due to injuries

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams was in the starting lineup Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons despite a sore left knee.

The Falcons were without starting left tackle Sam Baker, No. 2 running back Jerious Norwood and wide receiver Brian Finneran on Sunday. Wide receivers Roddy White and Michael Jenkins were active.

Williams was questionable after missing two of three practices last week. Wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad returned after missing two games with a knee injury, and fullback Brad Hoover (ankle) was sidelined again.

Will Svitek started in place of Baker, but the Falcons received better news about their receivers. White had been questionable with a sore knee, and Jenkins was added to the injury report Saturday with an illness.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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