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September 07, 2012

Stewart status still in question


Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart's status is the same as when the week started – in question.

Stewart, who is recovering from a sprained right ankle, missed practice again Friday as the Panthers finished up their week at IMG Academy. But Stewart did his most extensive cutting since he was injured in the Aug. 26 exhibition against the Jets, giving coach Ron Rivera hope that Stewart might play Sunday at Tampa Bay.

The Panthers listed Stewart as questionable, and Rivera said it likely will be Sunday before the team decides whether Stewart plays.

“We'll probably wait until Sunday to see. If he continues to progress, there's reason for optimism,” Rivera said.

“He accelerates very nicely. That doesn't seem to really be a problem,” Rivera added. “Today he started to cut, so he's planting that leg in the ground. So we felt pretty good about that.”

The Panthers have more options in the backfield than they did last season. Besides DeAngelo Williams, the franchise's all-time rushing leader, newly acquired fullback Mike Tolbert rushed for more than 1,400 yards in four seasons with the Chargers.

Rivera said he did not think Stewart would risk further injury if he plays against the Bucs without having practiced.

“This is one of those things where you work all the way up and you put yourself into position,” Rivera said. “Plus, with the rotation and backs we have, we feel we can put him in good situations as opposed to put him at risk.”

The rest of the Panthers' injury report: Backup G/C Jeff Byers (knee) is out; LB Jon Beason (thigh) and WR Steve Smith (foot), both of whom practiced all week, are probable.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on September 7, 2012 at 02:24 PM | Permalink


I think they should give J.Stew the week off. Williams, Tolbert and Cam are more than enough to run all over the Bucs.

Posted by: Curry | Sep 7, 2012 3:04:00 PM

Even if they thought he is going to play, they're not going to tell anyone until Sunday. I mean, Stew didn't practice for like his first 2 years in the league anyways. And there's certainly no reason to rush him if he's not ready, pretty sure we're more than OK at the RB position.

Posted by: Mike | Sep 7, 2012 3:04:13 PM

It does not matter. Whoever you bring down here will go back home with that "just got slapped in the face by your mom" look on their faces. The Panthers were a paper contender last yer. Scam will be exposed this year, and the Panthers will struggle to win 8 games. Bucs 27 Cats 13

Posted by: Buc you! | Sep 7, 2012 3:16:14 PM

Highly doubt it Buc fan, wish there were enough of you to fill a stadium.

Posted by: Tiny Tom | Sep 7, 2012 3:32:44 PM

It proves the Panthers have Tampa Bays number when worried Bucs fan like "Buc you" are resorting to posting in the Panthers hometown newspaper. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

Posted by: Black--Panther | Sep 7, 2012 3:34:36 PM

I love it. The game has started. Will he play won't he play. The Bucs won't know, can't gameplan, or waste gameplan. Hardball right off the bat. Deep down in the darkest cellar of the practice room there is a sign and it reads "Super Bowl or Bust 2012". Let's Go!!!

Posted by: Jeremy | Sep 7, 2012 4:33:05 PM

If Beason is unable to play, can they activate Armond Smith as Deangelo Williams backup??

Posted by: Big Ron | Sep 7, 2012 7:16:17 PM

I say we....DONT play Stewart. No need to rush him back and risk a re-injury. We got D-Will, Tolbert, and Cam. Give Cam more runs, but not TOO much more. We'll be okay against the Bucs in the run game. We always were.

Posted by: Godwin | Sep 7, 2012 8:51:06 PM

@rivera desperate for sanchez..lol..lmaooo..dude you need to write fiction books for a living..

Posted by: pantherworld | Sep 8, 2012 10:45:00 AM

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