CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — DeAngelo Williams says he's not buying the adage that running backs hit the wall when they turn 30 — at least not in his case.
Williams, who turned 30 in April, says because he split carries the majority of his career with the Carolina Panthers he still feels durable enough to carry the load on offense.
The Panthers will ask him to do just that early on this season with backfield mate Jonathan Stewart out at least five games with an ankle injury.
Williams says he doesn't "have as much wear and tear as a 30-year-old back that has played seven, eight or nine years at that position and took the blunt of the force and bulk of the carries."
The Panthers open the season Sunday at home against Seattle.
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Created: Thu, 05 Sep 2013 06:16:28 EST
Updated: Thu, 05 Sep 2013 06:16:28 EST