The New York Giants, desperate for victories with just three games left in the season, will catch at least one break Sunday against the unbeaten Carolina Panthers. Head coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday that the Panthers' leading rusher, Jonathan Stewart, won't play against the Giants due to a foot sprain.
"I'll let the cat out of the bag," Rivera said.
Atewart has 989 yards rushing on 242 attempts, an average of 4.1 yards per carry. Quarterback Cam Newton is the Panthers' second-leading rusher with 480 yards. Fullback Mike Tolbert is the running back with the second-highest yardage total with 175 yards on 45 carries.
The Giants were missing several players at practice on Wednesday. Defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (knee), offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (ankle), linebacker Devon Kennard (foot) and defensive end George Selvie (concussion) were out of practice. The Giants have already ruled Kennard out for Sunday, the third straight game he will miss.