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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- While Panthers coach Ron Rivera is awaiting the results of an MRI on running back Jonathan Stewarts right hamstring, Fozzy Whittaker is ready to roll for Carolina.Rivera said the initial indications on Stewart are not good.If its a hamstring -- and every indication is that it is -- its going to be at least a week or two, Rivera said. Well see how severe.The Panthers wont announce the extent of Stewarts injury until Wednesday when they return to practice..Stewart injured his hamstring in the first quarter of Carolinas 47-26 win over San Francisco on Sunday. He did not return, finishing with 9 yards rushing on five carries.Whittaker, who ran for 100 yards on 16 carries in the win, is expected to start Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings even though he is viewed as more of a change-of-pace back. Rivera said Cameron Artis-Payne, who is more of a straight-ahead power back, will see plenty of action, too. Artis-Payne was inactive the last two games for Carolina (1-1).Rivera said that while anything is possible, he did not sound as though the team would bring in a running back from outside the organization.We feel good about the combination of guys that we have, Rivera said.The 27-year-old Whittaker is just looking to help out where he can.I never want to see my own teammate, Jonathan Stewart, go down. I hope he heals up fast, Whittaker said. We always have the next man up mentality. When my number is called, Im just trying to help produce and get the team a win.Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was impressed with Whittaker, saying after the game that he picked up the rifle and kept shooting.Prior to Sunday, Whittakers career-high was 41 yards rushing back, that coming back in 2014 against the Atlanta Falcons.Hes been mostly used as a third-down back since coming into the league as an undrafted free agent out of Texas in 2012. He has nearly had as many yards receiving (279) as he has rushing (332) coming into the season.At 5-foot-10 and 205 pounds, there is some question whether Whittaker will be able to handle the pounding that comes with being an every-down back in the league. Prior to Sunday hed never carried the ball more than nine times in a game so its unlikely hell get 19 touches per game like he did on Sunday.But he may not have to in Carolina.Offensive coordinator Mike Shula said if Stewart is out the strategy will be to mix it up, sharing carries between Whittaker, Artis-Payne and fullback Mike Tolbert.And we got that other guy back there, too, Shula said with a coy smile, referring to Newton, who has more TDs rushing than any quarterback in NFL history.Whittaker said he was excited about his performance and the victory, but also a little upset at himself over a fumble in San Francisco territory that may have cost his team points.Thats something I need to correct, Whittaker said. Being able to protect the ball whenever we play other teams in the future, that can come back to bite us in the butt.Whittaker and Artis-Payne both have good hands, although its clear Rivera views Whittaker as more of a receiver than Artis-Payne. Whittaker had 31 yards receiving on three catches against the 49ers.Game notes Stewart wasnt the only Carolina player to injure his hamstring. Backup safety Dean Marlowe, who has been plagued by hamstring problems since the preseason, re-injured himself in his first action of the season against the 49ers. Its possible the injury could force the Panthers could make a roster move at safety.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Cheapest Yeezy Boost 350 . They reached the 100-point plateau for the fourth time in five games, bested the visiting Trail Blazers by 34 in the paint and scored 19 of the final 25 points in regulation. Cheap Black Yeezy Boost 350 . 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CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber is back at the top of the Indians make-it-up-as-they-go rotation.Cleveland will start its ace in Game 1 of the AL Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays, one of the few certainties Indians manager Terry Francona has as his team plays for a spot in the World Series.Trevor Bauer, who started the opener of the Division Series against Boston, will pitch Game 2 and Josh Tomlin will take the mound for Game 3 in Toronto on Sunday. After that, Francona has penciled in Mike Clevinger for Game 4, but that plan could change depending on what happens in the first three games.The uncertainty is nothing new to Francona, who has been forced to juggle his rotation for weeks after losing starters Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar to injuries.Franconas decision to send out Kluber first was expected after the right-hander showed no signs of a late-season quadriceps injury and pitched seven shutout innings in Game 2 against the Red Sox. Kluber limited baseballs highest-scoring team to three hits and ended any concerns about him not being himself in his first postseason.The Indians will need Kluber and the rest of their staff to be on when they face the wild-card Blue Jays, who battered Texas in their ALDS by hitting eight homers and scoring 22 runs.Theyre good, said Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway. Theyre excellent. Their whole roster is pretty good, as far as swinging the bat. Weve got to make pitches from Pitch 1. Theyre a little bit different makeup than Boston. Theyre not going to sit around and take a first-pitch strike. You cant just groove a first pitch to them. Youve got to throw quality strikes right out the get-go, and then make sure you stay ahead. Thats going to be the challenge, making sure you throw quality strikes early and see what happens after that.Kluber, who will face Toronto right-hander Marco Estrada in the opener, wentt 18-9 during the regular season, bouncing back from a 16-loss season in 2015.dddddddddddd He was 0-1 with a 6.30 ERA in two starts against the Blue Jays.While Francona has had to mix and match with his starters, he wont have Salazar on the ALCS roster.The Indians sent the right-hander to Arizona to build up stamina in hopes that he might be able to return for this series after being sidelined since early September with forearm tightness. But Francona said the 11-game winner is not ready, and the Indians dont want to rush him back.Hes doing pretty good, Francona said. Hes not back yet where hes throwing all his pitches or letting it go 100 percent. I think if we ask him to do that, he might be reaching right now. Weve been pretty vocal about the first priority is getting him back healthy. I think this proves it. We wouldnt do that to somebody.The loss of Salazar was compounded when Carrasco broke his right hand when he was hit by a line drive on Sept 17. Francona has had to be creative with his bullpen, using eight relievers to complete the game in which Carrasco got hurt.Theres not much our bullpen hasnt experienced throughout the course of the year, team president Chris Antonetti said. Weve had all different types of games, from the extra-inning game in Toronto to the game when Carlos left after two pitches. So, theres not too much our guys havent handled and I think theyre prepared and ready to go pitch when its their turn, whenever Tito calls upon them.Francona used his bullpen masterfully against the Red Sox, bringing in left-hander Andrew Miller earlier and relying on late-inning stalwarts Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen.The manager will likely take a similar approach into the series with Toronto.At this point, he doesnt have much choice. ' ' '

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