=== 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
Williams practiced all week, but is out for the fourth consecutive game with a
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
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
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