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January 12, 2013

Stewart expects full recovery from ankle surgery

Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Friday – a procedure he believes will allow him to successfully rehab both of his ankles.

Stewart missed seven games this past season with ankle issues. He sprained his right ankle during the preseason and was sidelined for two of the first three games.

Stewart re-injured that ankle in the first half against Philadelphia on Nov. 26, then sustained a high sprain to his left ankle in the second half against the Eagles and was out the final five games.

But Stewart expects a full recovery following the surgery, performed by team physician and renowned foot and ankle specialist Robert Anderson.

“Had my left ankle scoped yesterday to clean up some stuff,” Stewart tweeted Saturday. “So now my recovery from my injury early on in the season will rehab just fine.”

Stewart, who signed a five-year, $36.5 million contract extension in August, rushed for 336 yards on 93 carries, with one touchdown. He caught 17 passes for 157 yards and touchdown.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on January 12, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


The Panthers need to clean out their overpriced backfield and start to get rid of MASH UNIT players who spend more time either on IR or inactive riding the pine and producing next to nothing and still draw huge paychecks. Stewart is a good back but he hasn't been able to stay healthy for a full season since he has been with the Panthers. This leads to little production and a sky high salary cap number. GO FIGURE!

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Jan 12, 2013 12:38:31 PM

It would be nice for Stewart, Beason, and Gamble all to approach the Panthers and offer to lower their salary cap and put incentives in for performance to earn the money back if they can stay healthy. All are veteran players but to stay on the team they need to lower their contract and stay healthy. Go Panthers!

Posted by: BG | Jan 12, 2013 2:36:00 PM

I bet they go with same contracts and not worrying about injuries. Choosing to go elsewhere rather then give up any bonus money.

Posted by: Sports don | Jan 12, 2013 3:23:13 PM

YO Whitey77 (YOUR AGE?) ! Come back when you read about football. Until then zip it!

Posted by: Big Bad John | Jan 12, 2013 5:02:41 PM

Hey BJ John...Yo must be the limit of your vocabulary. I have forgotten more about football than you will ever know.

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Jan 12, 2013 6:59:05 PM

JS will get plenty of carries next yr with no DW being cap cut

Posted by: QB | Jan 13, 2013 11:50:11 AM

i predicted and continue to predict that stewart and beason will continue to be hurt and useless more or less. waste of money....

Posted by: big gulps | Jan 14, 2013 9:37:32 AM

You can never have too much pitching. Keep him and D Lo. I recall both backs once rushed for over 1000 yards in a single season.

Posted by: Crispy Bacon | Jan 14, 2013 2:28:41 PM

@ Whitecomet77 - it's called football, players get hurt every week in football. You don't cut your best players, because they play hard for you, and then they get hurt. TE (Rob G.) from the Patriots just rebroke his arm, after coming back from an injury. They would be stupid, and crazy to cut him. Because he got hurt again. Same goes for the Panthers with Beason, Stewart.. You accept the fact that injuries happen in 'football'. And you have to have good quality backups. Which the Panthers have at RB and LB.. But not at CB..

Posted by: catsnmbr1fan | Jan 15, 2013 1:09:32 AM

Stewart have misses around 7 games in this season.

Posted by: NFL Players | Jan 16, 2013 1:17:25 AM

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