CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart returned to practice along with defensive end Jared Allen, who was diagnosed earlier this week with a broken bone in his foot.
Coach Ron Rivera said both players participated on a limited basis on Thursday.
Rivera said earlier in the week the 33-year-old Allen was ''doubtful'' for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Arizona Cardinals but said he may be elevated to questionable depending on how he feels Friday.
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Stewart ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns in Carolina's 31-24 win against the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday after missing the final three regular season games with a foot injury. Rivera held Stewart out of practice Wednesday as a precautionary measure.
Everyone else practiced in full practice for the Panthers.
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