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August 26, 2013

Doctor visit Tuesday could decide Stewart's regular season availability

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said RB Jonathan Stewart will visit the doctor Tuesday, and a determination on his status for the regular season could be made later that day.

Stewart has been on the preseason physically unable to perform list since reporting to training camp in July while rehabbing from ankle surgery. He has not participated in a practice or a game since last November when he suffered a high ankle sprain against the Eagles.

The Panthers have until Saturday afternoon to place Stewart on the regular season PUP list, which would mean the running back would have to sit out the first six weeks of the season but not count against the team's 53-man roster. Even if Stewart is not placed on PUP, it's unlikely he will play Week 1 against Seattle on Sept. 8.

"It's one of those things where we're waiting to get the answer," Rivera said Monday after practice. 

When asked if he's optimistic on Stewart not going on PUP, Rivera joked, "Semi, sorta, kind of, not necessarily, but sort of in there."

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on August 26, 2013 at 04:09 PM | Permalink


He knows his body better than any doctor. He knows if he can run, take a hit and twist on the ankle. He knows if he can cut and it hold his pressure, apparently he can't If he can't go, this frankly is more than a "high ankle sprain". It's more career ending ankle injury. Time to do something Stewart. Either you can go or you can't.

- Frustrated

Posted by: Jellybean | Aug 26, 2013 4:42:26 PM

Hard to believe Stewart is hurt, AGAIN, before the season has even started. Shocking...

Posted by: anonymous | Aug 26, 2013 4:44:36 PM

JOE PERSON - When was Stewart's ankle surgery?

Lazy players commonly delay their surgeries until spring so they have an excuse to miss OTAs and training camp. If Stewart did that and miscalculated and now he's going to miss the first six games, he should deal with some serious consequences.

Posted by: Authority on Everything | Aug 26, 2013 5:03:39 PM

Trade for an O -lineman

Posted by: Robert | Aug 26, 2013 5:21:15 PM

Trade for an O -lineman

Posted by: Robert | Aug 26, 2013 5:21:15 PM

i swear some of you act like football isn't a contact sport.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 26, 2013 5:47:00 PM

I would love to see Double trouble back in action but now we know why barner was drafted if stewart cant stay healthy than he needs to get the rips instead cause as much as I love see to see Cam run our rbs need to take the rock to the house on every team

Posted by: cardsoldier | Aug 26, 2013 5:48:48 PM

PUP + IR + retirement = J Stew from here

Posted by: Original Panther Dan | Aug 27, 2013 6:46:47 AM

he's always hurt. D Williams is the superior player, not sure why we signed both, should've let Stewart limp out of town on those busted ankles.

Posted by: big gulps | Aug 27, 2013 9:35:51 AM

^^^ he missed a total of 2 games in 4 years when he signed his extension and had a career ypc of 4.8 on 725 carries and was 24 years old. 1 year later he has a more severe injury than the nagging turf toe/ankle sprain/foot issues he played through for 4 years.

hindsight is awesome isn't it. makes you guys so smart.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 27, 2013 1:11:55 PM

Whatever Charlottean, he didnt breakdown until he signed that big contract. As far as hindsight goes, Marty Hurney should have had the forsight to see that Stewart cant stay healthy!

Posted by: SHAWN | Aug 27, 2013 1:54:39 PM

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