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Mike Tolbert | Running Back

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 250
College: Coastal Carolina
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Mike Tolbert (groin) returned to full practice on Friday.
Like backfield mate Jonathan Stewart (shin), Tolbert was unavailable for Wednesday and Thursday's practice sessions. Both are listed as probable for Sunday's tilt with Tampa Bay. The fullback has 97 yards on 17 touches this year. Oct 2 - 11:46 AM

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Mike Tolbert (groin) missed Wednesday and Thursday's practices.

Tolbert's status has taken on increased importance with Jonathan Stewart (knee) looking iffy. If neither back can go, Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis-Payne will form an underwhelming committee.
Oct 1 - 2:48 PM

Mike Tolbert is expected to take on an increased offensive role without Kelvin Benjamin.

Tolbert is a 5-foot-9, 250-pound fullback-running back that goes by nicknames "Fat Boy" and "Tub of Goo." The Panthers are so desperate for playmakers on offense that Tolbert is expected to see snaps at receiver, H-back, and running back. He has a soft pair of mitts with 175 career catches and will likely be tasked for some pass-down work behind early-down bruiser Jonathan Stewart.
Sep 9 - 11:56 AM

Mike Tolbert rushed two times for 10 yards and caught one pass for 14 yards in Saturday's Divisional Round loss at Seattle.

Tolbert dropped a crucial third-down pass that would have kept the Panthers squarely in the game. It's reasonable to suggest that Jonathan Stewart should have been in the game instead of the powder-keg anyway. Tolbert appeared in just eight regular season games this year, rushing 37 times for 78 yards and catching 12 passes for 93 yards with zero total touchdowns. He'll be an afterthought on offense in 2015 as he enters his age-30 season.
Jan 11 - 12:40 AM

Mike Tolbert rushed twice for four yards in the Panthers' Week 15 win over the Bucs.

Jonathan Stewart continued to dominate the backfield with DeAngelo Williams on the shelf. Tolbert has real-life value but none in fantasy football.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 05:43:00 PM

Mike Tolbert rushed five times for 28 yards in the Panthers' Week 14 win over the Saints, catching 2-of-3 targets for 34 yards.

The yards were easily Tolbert's most of the season, but he didn't get any goal-line looks with Jonathan Stewart and Cam Newton handling their own business. Tolbert isn't on the RB3 radar.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 06:32:00 PM

Mike Tolbert (probable, knee) will return for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

He practiced in full throughout the week. Tolbert spent the last eight games on short-term I.R. He'll start at fullback and could get short-yardage carries.
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 08:16:00 PM

Mike Tolbert (knee) is practicing in full for Week 13.

Tolbert was activated from short-term I.R. last week. He's been cleared to return coming out of the Panthers' bye. Tolbert isn't on the fantasy radar, but could steal some goal-line looks.
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 07:02:00 PM

Panthers activated RB Mike Tolbert (leg) from IR-designated to return.

Tolbert will be ready to rock when the Panthers come out of their bye in Week 13, further muddling the backfield. DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart were already un-startable behind a struggling and injured offensive line. Tolbert could steal some goal-line looks.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 12:56:00 PM

Mike Tolbert (leg) remains on track to return Week 13.

Tolbert is eligible to come off IR with a designation to return. He'll likely suit up against the Vikings Week 13 and make an even bigger mess of the Panthers backfield. DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart couldn't even return value in a Week 11 home game against the Falcons' atrocious defense.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 12:52:00 PM

Panthers placed RB Mike Tolbert (leg) on injured reserve with a designation to return.

It means Tolbert is out until at least Week 13, and leaves the Panthers very thin at running back. DeAngelo Williams (hamstring) is on track to play in Week 4, but Jonathan Stewart (knee) is out and Fozzy Whittaker (quad) is in doubt. If DeAngelo can suit up anywhere near 100 percent, he'll be a good bet for 15-20 touches against the Ravens in Week 4. He'll also get more goal-line chances with Tolbert out and Cam Newton (ribs) hesitant to run.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 12:16:00 PM

The Charlotte Observer reports Mike Tolbert could miss "more than a month" with a hairline fracture in his left leg.

He also has a bone bruise. The injuries put UDFA Darrin Reaves on the fantasy radar with Jonathan Stewart also in danger of missing multiple weeks, and DeAngelo Williams short of 100 percent. Tolbert can be safely dropped in any leagues where he was owned. He might eventually become an I.R. candidate.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 04:17:00 PM

Panthers RB Mike Tolbert has been diagnosed with a "hairline fracture" in his leg, and ruled out for Week 4.

He's week to week. Tolbert took a big hit late in Sunday's loss, but it was unclear how serious it was since the game was almost over. With Jonathan Stewart battling a "severely" sprained knee, DeAngelo Williams could have the Panthers' backfield all to himself for Week 4 if he can get over his thigh injury. If not, the Panthers will be down to Fozzy Whittaker (quad) and Darrin Reaves. It's a big concern for a banged up Cam Newton.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 01:25:00 PM

Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert will both have MRIs Monday.

The Panthers aren't revealing any information yet, but both looked like knee issues on Sunday night. Neither injury appeared overly serious, but the MRI could very well find sprains. DeAngelo Williams (thigh) would get a boost in Week 4 if both Stewart and Tolbert sit.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 12:42:00 PM

Mike Tolbert rushed three times for four yards in Sunday night's Week 3 loss to the Steelers

Tolbert took over lead-back duties after Jonathan Stewart left in the fourth quarter with a knee injury. He secured all three of his targets in the pass game for 20 yards. Tolbert also briefly exited with knee issue, but it didn't appear to be a major concern. With DeAngelo Williams expected to return next week, Tolbert isn't on the fantasy radar.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 12:52:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Cam Newton
2Derek Anderson
3Joe Webb
RB1Jonathan Stewart
2Cameron Artis-Payne
3Fozzy Whittaker
4Brandon Wegher
GLB1Jonathan Stewart
2Mike Tolbert
3RB1Jonathan Stewart
2Fozzy Whittaker
FB1Mike Tolbert
2Richie Brockel
WR11Corey Brown
2Devin Funchess
3Kevin Norwood
WR21Ted Ginn
2Jerricho Cotchery
3Brenton Bersin
WR31Devin Funchess
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
LT1Michael Oher
LG1Andrew Norwell
2Amini Silatolu
C1Ryan Kalil
RG1Trai Turner
2Chris Scott
RT1Mike Remmers
2Daryl Williams
K1Graham Gano