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July 25, 2013

Stewart: Right ankle still an issue, will begin training camp on PUP list

Update (5:05 p.m.) Jonathan Stewart will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list. He can come off the list at any time this preseason, but if he starts the regular season on PUP, he must sit out the first six weeks.

SPARTANBURG Much like this spring's organized team activities and minicamp, Jonathan Stewart will likely be taking more mental reps than physical reps at Wofford College.

Stewart had surgeries on both ankles this offseason, and later Thursday he'll find out just what his participation will be for the next three weeks at camp after meeting with the trainers.

The sixth-year running back said the left ankle has healed well while the right one is “still an issue.”

“It’s real difficult for the fact that you don’t want to be sitting, standing around during training camp watching guys get reps,” Stewart said. “You got to take things from the mental perspective because that’s all you can really do when you’re limited. And just missing out on being part of the team, sometimes you feel left out when you’re not participating.

“Those are things I’ve dealt and we’ve got a good team and good group of guys that rally around each other, so I’m very fortunate.”

Stewart said the plan is to be ready for Week One against Seattle, but the start of this season could resemble last year, pending a physical. In 2012, Stewart had to sit out the first regular season game against Tampa Bay with an ankle injury suffered in the third preseason game. He would go on to miss seven games in 2012 with ankle injuries.

He had different surgeries on the ankles. He referred to the left ankle surgery as more of a “tightening up” while the right was a scope that cleaned up loose bodies in the ankle. Now he’s rehabbing from the damage those loose bodies did to his ankle.

Head coach Ron Rivera will meet with the media later this afternoon where an update on Stewart's health may be available.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on July 25, 2013 at 12:29 PM | Permalink


Has Johnathan Stewart ever participated in a training camp? Seems like every offseason the ankle issues come up.

Posted by: Debbie Downer | Jul 25, 2013 12:53:40 PM

Not sure why everyone wanted to keep J. Stew over D. Will. Stew's career could be over at any moment due to his numerous toe and ankle issues.

Posted by: PSL HOLDER | Jul 25, 2013 1:24:32 PM

Not sure why it matters if it does training camp or not. He always comes to play when they put him in the game.

Posted by: Panthers | Jul 25, 2013 2:27:27 PM

Where there is a will there is a way, we will have to wait and see.

Posted by: Shaw | Jul 25, 2013 4:50:19 PM

Trade him trade him trade him trade him trade him trade him trade him trade him trade him trade him trade him trade him trade him trade him trade him trade him trade him trade him trade him

Posted by: panther fan | Jul 25, 2013 5:31:14 PM

TRADE HIM NOW!!! Don't let him onto the field! Get what you can now for him before we have to cut him and eat his salary bc he gets injured again after running two plays! I'm with panther fan. Trade him. Trade him. Trade him. To the biggest sucker with the best offer! He's done. His career is over. If he can't recover after 7 months of offseason time, he' done.

Posted by: DieHardCatz | Jul 25, 2013 7:37:21 PM

"Hey teams" I got a broken down running back for you. He can't play right now but we want to make a trade with you. How about a Fifth round pick... NO!!!! Well what about a Sixth.....NO!!!!!. What about a 7th....NO!!!!... Why would ANYONE want to trade a pick for a running back that is injured. Stewart will be on the field. I hate Madden football. It has these idiots thinking someone will make a trade for nothing.

Posted by: Davethepanther | Jul 25, 2013 11:44:36 PM


Posted by: Michael | Jul 28, 2013 3:42:40 AM

Give the ball to Deangelo and turn him loose!!!!!!!! 25-30 carries a game and he will avg 150 to 200 or more yards

Posted by: Alex Hooker | Jul 29, 2013 12:56:55 PM

Maybe he would still be healthy if he didn't hurdle safeties? Yes,I'm still bitter about him ending Nick Collins career.

Posted by: Icebowler | Jul 29, 2013 10:38:54 PM

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