OT Williams practices; LB Thompson nearing return

CHARLOTTE – Rookie offensive tackle Daryl Williams returned to practice Wednesday, his first action since suffering a knee sprain in the season opener.

"The trainers did a good job with me making sure I went out there at the right time," Williams said. "I feel good. I just have to be conditioned more.

"A little bit nervous, but after I got a couple plays in I was straight."

Head coach Ron Rivera was encouraged by what he saw from Williams.

"Daryl did a lot. That was good to see," Rivera said. "He moved around very nicely. Right now it's just about getting comfortable and confident. It should just be a matter of time before he's ready to roll."

Rookie linebacker Shaq Thompson, who suffered a knee injury at Seattle in Week 6, did not practice but did individual work on the side with the training staff. Rivera is optimistic Thompson will be able to participate in Thursday's practice.

"They worked him on the side and had him pushing and pulling, cutting and breaking," Rivera said. "Hopefully he'll feel good tomorrow and we'll give him an opportunity to get on the practice field and see how that goes."

View photos from the Panthers' week of practice leading up to their game versus the Colts.

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