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      Panthers QB Newton, RBs Williams, Stewart to play against KC

      By STEVE REEDAP Sports Writer

      SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - Coach Ron Rivera says help is on the way for the Carolina Panthers' offense.

      Rivera says he expects quarterback Cam Newton and running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart to play in the team's second preseason game Aug. 17 against Kansas City. All three practiced Sunday after missing Carolina's preseason opener against Buffalo.

      That should help an offense that managed just 75 total yards in the first half of Carolina's 20-18 loss to the Bills.

      Newton has been practicing since the start of training camp, but Sunday marked the first time the team allowed him to run to the zone read and carry the football.

      Stewart practiced for the first time after missing the first two weeks with a strained hamstring.

      Williams sat out the first game to rest.

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