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January 20, 2010

Stewart's Achilles surgery successful

Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart had successful surgery on his left Achilles this morning, treating a problem that had been bothering him for at least a year.

Stewart's agent Ben Dogra wouldn't say what the severity of the injury had been and said the surgery was to alleviate "lingering pain" and that Stewart expected to be ready for May's mini-camp. Dogra said Stewart also had minor surgery on a pinky finger Wednesday.

The surgery was performed by Panthers team orthopedist Dr. Robert Anderson.

Stewart led the team in rushing with 1,133 yards last season and was limited in practice each week because of the Achilles problem. He didn't finish the final game against New Orleans, saying he "re-tweaked" the Achilles during the game. -- David Scott

Posted by Observer Sports on January 20, 2010 at 05:31 PM | Permalink


and this is why we can't afford to trade Williams - Stewart's injured all the time. I really hope this surgery ends that, but no matter how great he can be, if he can't stay on the field...

Don't get me wrong. I love Stew. But Double Trouble is Double Trouble because they can keep each other healthy. If both can stay healthy season in and season out they can both definitely keep the Panthers over 2000 yards rushing annually, but I'm pretty sure they'll want to be a feature back some place instead...

Posted by: Mav | Jan 20, 2010 6:19:25 PM

Stewart played in every game of this season, (more than Williams), and ran more than Williams too. He had nagging injuries, but he still came to play every week.

Posted by: Geoff | Jan 20, 2010 6:49:10 PM

I love Stew! Thing with Stew is he misses a lot of practices because he wants to be good for the game! I hope you heal up dawg and get it back to bounce around between the lines!!

Posted by: Jon | Jan 20, 2010 7:02:43 PM

Excellent... get well soon Stew...

Posted by: blackspeak | Jan 20, 2010 7:03:34 PM

You make an excellent point Mav. But I think we also must keep both halves of Double Trouble because as long as we have both of them, we have a strength that no other team can match and that will keep us in every game we play. Get well soon J-Stew.

Posted by: Reid | Jan 20, 2010 7:25:20 PM

Considering the fact that he's had these injury issues for years, why wasn't this surgery performed last offseason?

Posted by: CBW | Jan 20, 2010 8:06:54 PM

Dr. Anderson is the man. He operated on Stewart before he was drafted by the Panthers. I am sure that he knew what he was doing when he decided not to operate last offseason.

Posted by: bh | Jan 20, 2010 8:25:01 PM

One question somewhat off base: When a player has surgery, who pays for it? The team? Player? NFL Players Association?

Posted by: Mike | Jan 20, 2010 8:53:13 PM

I would imagine they have an insurance plan of some sort.

Posted by: MrBernz | Jan 20, 2010 9:24:42 PM

I just had an achilles tear...it was a painful surgrey....

what did stewart have...did he have a partial tear???

Posted by: Scott | Jan 20, 2010 10:03:05 PM

What Mav said! The guy played in pain and not only did he do that but he excelled in doing it. I'm not sure why some people have a problem with a 1133 yard rusher taking a Wednesday off when the coaches didn't have a problem with it? If I had a man like that who would play under those circumstances and still came out on top, I'd give him every Wednesday off, too.

Our running game isn't the problem, it's our passing game that lacked for most of the season except for the last 5 games.

Looking forward to seeing double trouble back out on the field next season. Is it August yet?

Posted by: Tony | Jan 20, 2010 10:58:34 PM

Dr. Anderson is the best in the business. He did me and my son's achilles surgery. i am an ex-footballer and my son is a current MMA Fighter no issues from surgery by Dr. A. Stew will be ready!

Posted by: Dominic | Jan 21, 2010 2:23:45 AM

you dont trade either one of them and you try to sign both of them to long term contracts but you can make the case that they are both feature backs for us and the numbers back that up. so the point about one of them leaving to be a feature back i believe is irrelevant. But for now we need to worry about upgrading our passing game.

Posted by: Leonard | Jan 21, 2010 7:10:07 AM

Amen, Leonard....while Matt Moore certainly showed the ability to look downfield for someone OTHER than Steve Smith (hello, Mr. Jarrett), it would benefit Carolina greatly to have more targets at WR, no disrespect to Moose intended. The RB situation is ideal, best in the league perhaps, but at wideout the Panthers are very thin.

Posted by: Panther Dan | Jan 21, 2010 8:07:01 AM

the Panthers are about only 1 or 2 weapons on offense(WR)/defense(DT) and a lucky steak w/ no injuries away from their 1st championship.. they DO NOT need to touch their running game, this ridiculous talk about trading one of our RBs needs to just stop.. it took years for Fox to get morph his coveted running game into what it is now, don't think for a second he's going to change anything with it.. Williams/Stewart feed off each other and constantly try to out do each others performances and it SHOWS.. it would be foolish to get rid of either because they occasionally get sidelined with injury.. every single other team in the NFL is JEALOUS about our RB tandem, that's how good they are , they are JEALOUS.. as the old adage says, don't fix what aint broke ..

Posted by: Shaun NJ | Jan 21, 2010 8:39:40 AM

Panther Dan,

Moose is a great majority of the reason that these guys were able to get the yards that the got this past season. Its one thing to find a deep pass catching WR, but its another to find one that can match his blocking abilities. We should bring him back for another year atleast!

Posted by: Chuck | Jan 21, 2010 8:42:34 AM

Panther Dan,

Moose is a great majority of the reason that these guys were able to get the yards that the got this past season. Its one thing to find a deep pass catching WR, but its another to find one that can match his blocking abilities. We should bring him back for another year atleast!

Posted by: Chuck | Jan 21, 2010 8:42:34 AM

To say that Stewart is injured "all the time" is ridiculous. The man has been ready to play in every game since he became a pro. The Panthers will keep both RB's for this coming season. The Panthers have the tools to make a deep play off run IF they solve the QB situation and get another WR opposite Steve Smith.

Posted by: Jim | Jan 21, 2010 8:43:38 AM

In response to "no disrespect to Moose"

Posted by: Chuck | Jan 21, 2010 8:43:52 AM

i actually think stewart should be the starter.i love d will but stewart can wear a defense out and gain 3 yards when most backs would have been stoned at the line of scrimmage.we need to let peppers go and sign both of these guys to long term deals.most backs only last 3-4 years.

Posted by: raydaz | Jan 21, 2010 11:28:09 AM

Riley Cooper from Florida would be a good fit.....great speed, and stout run blocker for them for the past three years....Moose could hang around to tutor him....send Jarrett packing, he's been no better than another USC bust, Colbert.

Posted by: Phil | Jan 21, 2010 2:49:20 PM

When I said Stew was always injured, I meant he was always on the injury report, not that he never played. Eventually that WILL catch up with him. I just hope this surgery takes care of that.

I think D-Will is our starter for good reason. He can wear down defenses just as well as Stew can. They're both great backs and I hope we keep them.

You give D-Will 25 carries a game and he'll get you 150 yards a game. So will Stew. They're both that good... but when you give one 15 and the other 10, we'll get close to 200 yards a game. Sure, it'll never be 100 and 100, and it'll vary who has more YPC, but that's how it'll go. We probably have two of the top 5 (and if not, definitely top 10) backs in the league. D-Will, coming into this season, was argued by some to be the #1 overall RB in the league. I'd agree with that. Stewart is definitely hot on his heels. I hope this team can keep them both long term.

Posted by: Mav | Jan 21, 2010 4:45:00 PM

The thing is, most people see DWill as the fast speedy Barry Sanders knockoff, and Stewart as the Terrell Davis knockoff. Neither of which is true (although Stewart is quite a bit like Davis I guess)

Really, they are both fast and they are both VERY strong. Just, in different ways. Stewart is going to muscle THROUGH you, Williams will muscle OUT of you. That doesn't mean Williams jukes and does all that like Chris Johnson. He will churn his legs and fight out of a tackle. Ask any defender that plays against him. You will be exhausted.

Stewart just tries to pound through you and then burst through with his speed. Williams churns his legs and muscles OUT and then jukes his way out, Stewart pounds you over and then uses his speed to get further downhill and rebuild momentum for the next defender he needs to bowl over.

Both are physically taxing to tackle. Both are fast, and both are very strong.

We probably have two of the top 6 backs in the NFl, both could arguably be THE best (or at least up there) if they didn't share carries. NO TEAM has EVER had that luxury.

Remember Sean Payton? Even he said it doesn't matter how hard you try, the Panthers WILL run the ball and they WILL run in well.

Hope they stay together for at least 5 more years, but doubtful. Dwill has two years left, contract time will be tough.

Posted by: Gamble20 | Jan 23, 2010 12:54:54 AM

Gamble 20 I couldn't agree more. I've always described it like this. We have Williams who is a Fast Back who has a lot of strength, and Stewart is a Strong Back who has a lot of Speed.

Posted by: RickMan | Jan 25, 2010 4:46:29 AM

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