November 28, 2012
Stewart's status still uncertain
Panthers coach Ron Rivera is hopeful running back Jonathan Stewart won't be sidelined long with a high ankle sprain.
But if he is, Rivera has a capable fill-in in DeAngelo Williams, the former starter and the franchise's all-time leading rusher.
Stewart injured his left ankle on the final play of the first half Monday in a 30-22 win at Philadelphia. Stewart missed two games early in the season with a sprained right ankle.
High ankle sprains often take weeks to heal. But Rivera hopes that's not the case.
“It wasn't as bad, that much I know. And it was on his opposite foot, so we'll see how he progresses and go from there,” Rivera said. “We'll see how he responds to the treatment. I saw him coming in today walking. He looked OK. But I'm optimistic.”
Williams was demoted beginning with the Dallas game in Week 7 when the Panthers went to a traditional rushing attack. They have since resumed using more zone-read packages, although Stewart has remained the starter.
If Stewart is out against the Chiefs, fullback Mike Tolbert will back up Williams at tailback.
Posted by Observer Sports on November 28, 2012 at 02:00 PM | Permalink
good thing we have a "backup"
Posted by: big gulps | Nov 28, 2012 2:34:23 PM
There goes the season.
Posted by: Oh SNAP | Nov 28, 2012 5:40:03 PM
if only we'd signed more RB's..............
Posted by: big gulps | Nov 28, 2012 5:41:26 PM
Whew! Now that there is money well spent! What a juggernaut of a backfield we have!
Posted by: Promethius | Nov 28, 2012 8:22:13 PM
There is only ONE thing certain about the Panthers- uncertainty!!!!!!!!
Posted by: Zuggy | Nov 28, 2012 8:24:26 PM
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