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July 24, 2013

Stewart's status hinges on pre-camp physical

Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart will report to Spartanburg on Thursday with the rest of his teammates.

How he fares in his physical at Wofford will determine when or whether he joins them on the practice field during training camp.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he won't know Stewart's status until he undergoes an extensive physical Thursday.

“Thursday is when we'll get the definitive (answer),” Rivera said Tuesday. “Kind of hoping he's ready to go, or ready to go in a limited capacity, once we get there on Thursday.”

Stewart missed seven games in 2012 because of ankle issues, and underwent surgery on both ankles after the season. He did not participate in OTAs or minicamp.

Rivera is optimistic about linebacker Jon Beason, who was placed on injured reserve with shoulder and knee injuries last year after playing in four games. Beason was in a lot of drills during minicamp, and Rivera believes he'll be ready.

“With Beason, we're expecting everything to be clean on Thursday, as well,” he said.

Beason told the NFL Network this week he feels good physically.

“Everything is geared toward the first game of the season, so we're going to be smart during camp,” Beason said during an NFL Network appearance. “I think it's going to be my big, breakout year.”

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on July 24, 2013 at 03:50 PM | Permalink


Lets start by staying on the field for 16 Beas! They don't need you to have a "break out" year, just a healthy year.

Posted by: Mike W | Jul 24, 2013 5:14:03 PM

pump and dump these two, throw in Rivera on any deal

Posted by: big gulps | Jul 24, 2013 5:24:48 PM

Has Stewart ever made it thru 16 games. The man has had bad feet ever since he was drafted!

Posted by: Zeus | Jul 24, 2013 6:01:10 PM

Wow, and everyone wants to get rid of Williams when I've been saying all along Stewart is the problem. When he's healthy he's good but that's the problem, he rarely is. With Williams you get speed and dependability, just feed him the ball. Good thing we went and got another back in the draft and have Tolbert. Plus, Cam can still run but we need to run to be effective and keep the game manageable.

Posted by: QCdude | Jul 25, 2013 12:05:01 AM

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