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January 20, 2010

Stewart having foot surgery

Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart said today on his twitter account that he's undergoing surgery on his foot today. He played last season with ongoing pain in his Achilles, but led the team in rushing with 1,133 yards. He didn't finish the final game against New Orleans, saying he "re-tweaked" the Achilles during the game.

Posted by Observer Sports on January 20, 2010 at 07:51 AM | Permalink


Best wishes Jonathan!

Posted by: EDDIELUCY | Jan 20, 2010 9:00:51 AM

Great news. I'd hate to see his Achilles issue linger into next season. It's amazing what he did last year, considering that he was never at full strength.

Posted by: Newsinz | Jan 20, 2010 9:19:29 AM

Good Luck Stew!!!

Posted by: junipherbreezy | Jan 20, 2010 9:49:36 AM

Unbelievable season last year for both backs... Wonder how Deangelo's injury is doing? Will we be looking at more of Sutton next year who seems better than Goodson? At least we have lots of options here...

Posted by: panthster | Jan 20, 2010 9:50:19 AM

They are loaded at RB, I am wondering what they are going to do with the roster next year with 4 RB's.

Posted by: Steven | Jan 20, 2010 10:15:36 AM

I would LOVE to see Stewart as a featured back. Deangelo's value will never be higher (assuming his injury is on the mend) and I'm sure we could part with him for the right price.

Posted by: Will | Jan 20, 2010 11:17:03 AM

trading deangelo would be very very dumb. we had two top ten running backs, who would every give that up....smh

Posted by: phil | Jan 20, 2010 11:31:13 AM

It would be foolish to let either running back go. DeAngelo makes your defense stay humble and have to stick to your assignment, to avoid the cutback. Jonathan on the other hand is the battering ram that will run right at you, to make sure YOU are the one absorbing the hit. They complement each other quite well. As for effectiveness, they would probably benefit more if the carries were split 50-50. Whenever DeAngelo has 70% or so of the carries its hard for Jonathan to get in a groove.

Posted by: Al | Jan 20, 2010 11:43:58 AM

nobody's is saying it's not good to have two running backs. The idea is not to trade DeAngelo Williams and get nothing in return. What would it do to the running and passing game to have another top notch threat at WR,prohibiting defenses from stacking the box against Stewart and Sutton and from triple teaming Smith.

Posted by: Bruce | Jan 20, 2010 11:55:26 AM

Why even THINK about letting one of these two guys go under any circumstances? They truly appear to like one another and work great together, with neither minding who gets the numbers, and are a serious force to be reckoned with!!

I still have to pinch myself and try to wrap my head around the fact the Carolina drafted not one but TWO top-tier RBs, and these guys are joined at the hip both on and off the field. True character individuals that, in my opinion, exemplify what JR looks for in terms of quality people. Gotta give JR, Hurney and Co. their due on this one.

Posted by: Scott | Jan 20, 2010 12:25:45 PM

A probable no cap situation next year means we shouldn't even have to worry about the Panthers giving away or trading away a strength of the team (RB) to improve a weakness of their team .. Even without a 1st rounder for the second year in a row, the Panthers brass will again have the option of trading next year's picks to move higher into the 2nd or bottom of the 1st because with the exception of Wide Receiver, the Panthers really don't have many pressing needs and are talented at just about every position.. I think they will bring in another veteran QB to compete with Moore/Delhomme, but my guess is that by August of this year the Panthers will be sold (if they aren't sold already) that Matt Moore is their QB for the foreseeable future and Delhomme is suddenly a very expensive backup.. For that reason, I think they trade up and nab the best available WR (who isn't from USC, the Panthers need to stay the eff away from Damian Williams lol)in the late 1st or early 2nd round .. Dez Bryant/Brandon LaFell should be long gone, but I think if Marshwan Gilyard or Eric Decker if they hang on till late 1st round or slip into the early 2nd round the Panthers will not hesitate to jump up and nab one of them.. either of them would be "the" perfect complement to Smitty, but Gilyard gets the edge in this system because he's a bit more physical/better blocker .. just my 2 cents though

Posted by: Shaun NJ | Jan 20, 2010 1:16:14 PM

Way to go, out there getting these top notch interviews with the players & being on top of the stories about them all. Oh wait, this was from his twitter today, & the surgery is today,,,, nevermind.

Posted by: MrBernz | Jan 20, 2010 1:23:22 PM

oh yea, I forgot to mention that Mr. Marshwan Gilyard had a very impressive 12.6 average on punt returns (scoring once) with Cincinnati and everyone knows we are in serious need of a return man.. runs a 4.45, the Panthers might be able to get him staying put or STILL get him by trading down for more picks.. :)

Posted by: Shaun NJ | Jan 20, 2010 1:24:03 PM

I agree. I think the one-two punch we have now is what makes this team a formidable foe for any team in the NFL. Sutton and Goodson both played up to and beyond our expectations, but they are not in Stewie or D-Lo's league, seriously. They are good for what they do, which is fill in to give our feature backs a breather and fill in when one of them gets hurt, but they're not feature backs.

Having said that, I would NOT be opposed to shopping one around to see what kind of draft picks we could get for them, just to test the waters. If we could get a top 5 pick, then I think you'd HAVE to consider it, right? I know Matt Moore did a great job at QB for us in the last 5 games, but can we bank the farm on him? What if the next Peyton Manning or Drew Brees is out there waiting to be picked? I would much rather trade Julius Peppers, but we all saw what transpired last off-season. I think Marty and Fox should keep their options open.

Posted by: Tarheel Soldier | Jan 20, 2010 1:34:28 PM

I like Jordan Shipley from Texas too but he's a better fit for a spread offense..

Posted by: Shaun NJ | Jan 20, 2010 1:36:24 PM

Not trying to offend anyone

But the person who had said trade Deangelo Williams is not thinking straight.

Just Becuz Stewart had a great yr, we shouldn't hurry to say that he should start over Williams quickly.

Why continue trading our 1st round picks. This team was build by drafting in the 1st rd. To get Peppers, Gross, Gamble, Davis, Williams, Stewart, and Otah. They all are the future of the team.

Gilyard or Decker will be in the 2nd round to select one of them. Why waist a pick to get them early in the 1st rd.

We need to upgrade the DLine, Peppers and Braylton will be 30 yrs old this yr.

Trade Peppers for some picks. Why waist 20 million, when u can get 2 or 3 players for that price, just saying.

Posted by: josh smith | Jan 20, 2010 1:44:37 PM

I like the idea of trading Sutton/Goodson but honestly I'm not so sure they've shown enough during regular season to warrant draft picks from another team.. I'm also not sold on Marty/Fox jumping on the notion of drafting a QB high in the draft, especially now that they've had Moore in the system for 3 years now.. I am, on the other hand, more likely to believe they'll bring in a QB like Derek Andersen (plus Davidson is familiar with Derek) to compete w/ Moore in training camp however ..

Posted by: Shaun NJ | Jan 20, 2010 1:56:43 PM

Scott, you can't wrap your head around it because not many people in this particular forum want to give John Fox and his staff any credit (that is positive). Conditioned much? Some don't know any better and others are just to scared to say their own opinion. Fox is not perfect, but he obviously is a great coach. Too bad he is been undermined by the good ol' boy buddy system. Will they ever learn??

Posted by: SYRPIS | Jan 20, 2010 2:01:30 PM

There's no certainty either Gilyard or Decker will be available if the Panthers stay put, it's simply too early.. Team's needs can change significantly from now until draft day and we all know that based on previous years' drafts WR selections can get numerous early... we still have to wait for the combine to see whose stocks rise and fall .. I just think either would be perfect fits for the Panthers .. for all we know either could turn into late 1st round or even fall to 3rd round projections OR god forbid one of the top 3 WRs could get injured , which can totally change the perspective ..

Posted by: Shaun NJ | Jan 20, 2010 2:07:38 PM

No trading those two running backs. We shouldn't even be talking baout this. Who started this stupid string? Get rid of Jake GoHomme and John Fox, but either of these two great running back. You build around them so that other teams have nightmare of them. Are you stupid or just plan dumb!

Posted by: mark | Jan 20, 2010 2:33:19 PM

Still cant believe John Fox haters are still crying about something they have no control,If it werent for Fox we wouldnt have the RB tandem that we (Panthers fans)do.Wouldnt have the Offensive line that blocks well for them etc.I dont think anyone in their right mind would move either of these 2 backs unless they had a serious injury or one of the 2 players didnt want to be here,I know DLo is frustrated with the fans in this organization,or the SO CALLED fan's (thats must of you guys talking about his coach and team mates all the time negativley) this past summer,I wonder if he has changed his opinion?I doubt it.

Posted by: GhostOfSparta | Jan 20, 2010 2:51:45 PM

I hope they can grab Demaryius Thomas from Georgia Tech in the 2nd round. That guy is a 6-3 230 lb athlete who would be awesome opposite from Smitty.

Posted by: Smiley | Jan 20, 2010 3:06:53 PM

I don't think it's crazy at all to consider trading Williams. For example, if you could trade Williams for Anquan Boldin would the offense be better or worse. I would argue that the front 11 would be FAR better (with Stewart playing RB instead of Williams a slight negative to the offense, and Sutton instead of Stewart a backup also a negative) but Boldin over the current crop of WRs a HUGE positive.
Not saying Boldin is hte right guy - just an example.
I agree it's possible to disagree on this. But, neither side is crazy.
My view is we open up the running game and the passing game, and turn the offense into something much more powerful than it currently is.
And, while a quick and fair answer might be what if Stewart gets hurt, I would ask what happens now if Steve Smith is hurt.

Posted by: Bruce | Jan 20, 2010 4:01:38 PM

I wish you a "SPEEDY" recovery. I can not wait to see Double Trouble at full strength and speed next season.

Posted by: Animal187 | Jan 20, 2010 4:33:10 PM

Uh, yeah like Fox will trade a top ten back when his whole philosophy revolves around pounding the ball......

Peppers is more likely to be traded anyway.

Posted by: Elrod | Jan 20, 2010 4:37:44 PM

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