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      === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Sunday, December 28 ===
                  === Panthers RB Williams out vs. Falcons ===
 Atlanta,  GA (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Carolina Panthers  running back  DeAngelo
 Williams is inactive for Sunday's winner-take-all NFC South finale against the
 Atlanta Falcons.
 Williams practiced all week, but is out for the fourth consecutive game with a
 broken hand.
 The  Panthers  (6-8-1) are 3-0 with  Jonathan Stewart starting at running back
 the past three games.
 They  need a win or a tie against the Falcons to clinch the division title for
 the second year in a row.
            === Falcons' Jones active, Jackson out vs. Panthers ===
 Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is
 active  for  Sunday's winner-take-all NFC  South showdown against Carolina but
 running back Steven Jackson is out.
 Jones,  who hadn't practiced since suffering a hip injury against Green Bay on
 Dec. 8, returned to practice on Friday.
 He played last week against New Orleans and caught seven passes for 107 yards.
 Jackson did not practice this week because of a quadriceps injury.
 The  Falcons  (6-9) can capture  the NFC South title  for the first time since
 2012 with a win against the Panthers (6-8-1).
              === Miami's Duke Johnson declares for NFL Draft ===
 Coral Gables, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Miami-Florida running back Duke Johnson
 has decided to forego his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft.
 Johnson  ran  for 1,652  yards  during  the 2014  season  and  will leave  the
 Hurricanes  as the storied program's all-time leading rusher with 3,519 yards.
 He  also finished with 26 rushing touchdowns and 5,523 all-purpose yards in 33
 "I  think looking at the list and the guys I've passed is an accomplishment in
 and of itself," said Johnson in a statement Sunday. "I'm very grateful to have
 [had]  an opportunity to return kicks, catch the ball out of the backfield and
 run  the  ball where I  can get up  above all these  great UM players who came
 before me."
 Johnson  missed  the final five  games of the 2013  season because of an ankle
 injury,  but  rebounded with a stellar  campaign that featured a streak of six
 straight  100-yard  games. He also  averaged 6.8  yards per carry and finished
 with 10 rushing touchdowns in 2014.
 The  junior from  Miami finished his career  Saturday with 132 yards in a loss
 against  South  Carolina in the Independence  Bowl. He notched his 14th career
 100-yard  game,  matching Edgerrin  James and  Clinton Portis  for the most in
 school history.
 12/28 15:50:36 ET

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