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September 19, 2012

Stewart could miss game vs. Giants

For the second time in three weeks, the Panthers could be without a member of their three-headed backfield.

Jonathan Stewart, who missed the Week 1 loss at Tampa Bay, is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the New York Giants. Stewart has not practiced all week while recovering from a toe injury.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said trainers will work Thursday with Stewart, who will be a game-time decision. Stewart was also listed as questionable after not practicing before the opener, and did not play against the Bucs.

“It's one those things where if we're playing on Sunday, he's got a much, much better chance than he does if we're playing on Thursday,” Rivera said. “He came out and it was still a little stiff, a little bit sore. They're going to continue to work it out and see how he is.”

As to why Stewart was listed with an ankle injury all week, Rivera said: “It's more of a thing where the toe's connected to the ankle.”

Rivera said Stewart does not have turf toe. “I'm not quite sure how to explain it,” Rivera added. “But it's sore.”

Right tackle Byron Bell also is questionable after spraining his ankle late in last week's win against New Orleans. Garry Williams, who started 11 games in 2010, took the majority of the first-team reps this week in place of Bell and is likely to start.

Bruce Campbell, acquired in a trade from Oakland during the offseason, also worked at right tackle this week.

The rest of the Panthers' injury report:

--Backup guard/center Mike Pollak (shoulder) is out.

--Linebacker Thomas Davis (hamstring) and special teams player Colin Jones (shoulder) are questionable. Rivera said Davis has a good chance of playing.

--LB Jon Beason (elbow), C Ryan Kalil (ankle), WR Steve Smith (knee) and WR Kealoha Pilares (foot) are probable.

Rivera said including Smith on the list is “more of a formality.”

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on September 19, 2012 at 01:41 PM | Permalink


What is the deal with Stewart and being injured all of the time? It's kind of getting old...

Posted by: Ryan | Sep 19, 2012 2:03:36 PM

Well... considering he has only missed one regular season game in his entire career, your tolerance for his injury problems may be the issue.

Posted by: KMA | Sep 19, 2012 2:07:57 PM

dude is constantly playing through nagging injuries like it's nothing. and practicing iverson style.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 19, 2012 2:09:31 PM

Ryan, If you recall, he sprained his ankle a few weeks back. If you've ever had a sprained ankle, you probably didn't have to go out and practice and play on it. You gave it 4-6 weeks of gingerness.

Stewart was high stepping it into the end zone last Sunday. So the injury is the same injury we've been hearing about for weeks.

And even the injury itself, they had great footage on that. (LOLZ... FOOTage.) It's just one of those things. Ankles weren't really meant to take that kind of pressure without giving. And the shoes, the way he landed, didn't give enough support -- thus the injury.

I find it more incredible that he continues to play at such a high level when he's got the kind of injury that, while not structurally damaging, is still pretty painful.

Posted by: Ben | Sep 19, 2012 2:14:29 PM

I bet he plays. If not, just give the bowling ball a few more touches!

Posted by: Mike P | Sep 19, 2012 2:38:15 PM

I bet he plays. If not, just give the bowling ball a few more touches!

Posted by: Mike P | Sep 19, 2012 2:38:20 PM

He looked healthy when he ran up the wall and jumped into the stands Sunday. If he doesn't play, it's just another example of why the panthers will always underachieve; they are soft!!!

Posted by: Chris | Sep 19, 2012 3:00:54 PM

Reported live on NFL Network from Charlotte...it was reported Stewart is playing. This aired live at 2:30pm today.

Posted by: Mark | Sep 19, 2012 3:30:39 PM

On a related note, what's the NYG injury report?

Posted by: Gamera | Sep 19, 2012 3:43:32 PM

Play Stewy. If we want to win. If we dont play him, we cant run the ball and we wont win (Tampa Bay). But if we do play him, and he runs the ball, we will win (New Orleans).

He's tough. He can play through any nicks. Then he can get 10 days to rest afterwards.

Posted by: Godwin | Sep 19, 2012 4:00:16 PM

The toe bone connected to the...ankle bone? What happened to the foot bone?

Posted by: Johnny | Sep 19, 2012 4:00:31 PM

It's a game coaches play with the opposition. Who's hurt this week. How can we prepare for this possibility of a change in the opposition's lineup? Just a mind game is all it is.

Posted by: Billyjimbobjoe | Sep 19, 2012 4:11:56 PM


Posted by: Gamera | Sep 19, 2012 4:59:49 PM

He'll play!! This a huge game! Yeah like the rest of them but they wont play Sunday and it will give a long time to rest up after the fact! GET THAT WIN PANTHERS!!!

Posted by: Big Daddy | Sep 19, 2012 5:58:08 PM

Stew, you better put some Tussin on that toe and get ready to ball, we need you in this one man! You'll have 9 days to rest it after Thursday and we have a chance to go 2-1 not to mention all the injury problems the Giants have right now, they are primed to take an L! LETS GIVE IT TO THEM!! GO PANTHERS!!!!

Posted by: Shane P | Sep 19, 2012 6:08:35 PM

After you guys wrap up the win, DO not take a kneel down, have Cam run it up the middle

Posted by: Sniper120 | Sep 19, 2012 6:14:32 PM

I'm sore each morning as I roll out of bed. But as I go about my work day I feel better and less sore. It seems a hang nail would keep Stewart on the sidelines.

Posted by: Sugarbugga | Sep 19, 2012 6:17:46 PM

Ryan, you're an idiot. The guy has missed one game in his entire career. You want to know what's getting old? Uneducated "fans" talking out of their backside like you.

Posted by: Roger | Sep 19, 2012 6:51:18 PM

That goes double for you Sugarbugga. It seems like a hangnail would keep him out? Are you stupid. He's missed one game his entire career. Ryan and Sugarbugga are a match made in Idiot Heaven!!!

Posted by: Roger | Sep 19, 2012 6:54:25 PM

these guys need to suck it up & get out on the field...I don't want to hear how sore they are, they get paid millions of $$ to perform & they are doing nobody any good in street clothes...if they can't perform we should get rid of them

Posted by: bull123 | Sep 19, 2012 7:07:36 PM

These guy work hard and I am sure if they can play they will PLAY. We are going to WIN on Thursday. It's not an important game for the GIANTS.

Posted by: Southernboy JJ | Sep 19, 2012 8:27:13 PM

dam we got some dumb fans..dude has miss 2 games in his entire career, and peeps are calling him injury prone..wine and cheese fans..smh

Posted by: pantherworld | Sep 19, 2012 8:50:34 PM

Stewart plays thru pain often, so this must really be bothering him. This isn't a conference game, but still important potential tie breaker later. As long as Cam can get about 10 runs and Williams and Tolbert carry 20... and the line does well as they did last game, we'll be ok. Smitty, LaFell and Olsen need to be solid as well. Special teams and D can assure a W.

Posted by: BB | Sep 19, 2012 10:11:28 PM

Marty Hurney is a no-talent ass clown

Posted by: Blake Abbott | Sep 23, 2012 3:23:55 PM

Marty Hurney is worse at being a GM than Joe and Ron are at being journalists. And that's bad.

Posted by: Tom Sorenson | Sep 23, 2012 3:26:40 PM

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