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August 27, 2013

Stewart to start season on PUP list

After meeting with a doctor about his surgically repaired right ankle Tuesday, Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart will begin the season on the physically unable to perform list, the team announced.

Stewart, who has been on the preseason PUP list, would not be eligible to come off until the sixth week of the season.

"I can spend all my energy being disappointed, or spend all my energy preparing myself," Stewart said.

Stewart, who has not played or practiced since hurting the ankle last November during a game at Philadelphia, underwent surgery on both of his ankles during the offseason. But it's the right ankle that has given him the most trouble.

Stewart visited with Panthers team doctor Robert Anderson, a nationally known foot and ankle specialist, on Tuesday.

Stewart said the ankle still causes him pain, and a specific timetable for when he can begin running has not been laid out, yet. But he plans to return when he's eligible to for the start of Week 7.

"As of right now, just taking it day by day as I've been," Stewart said. "Just be there for my teammates and bring as much positive energy as I can. We start next week and we've got a long season ahead of us and I intend to be back."

The Panthers also placed rookie guard Edmund Kugbila on injured reserve, ending his season, and waived/injured second-year wideout/return specialist Joe Adams and defensive tackle Frank Kearse.

Adams, a fouth-round pick last year, struggled with fumbling issues as a rookie and has been sidelined for most of the preseason with a calf injury. Kearse, a reserve nose tackle, has been dealing with a knee issue.

The Panthers' backfield depth is being tested. While DeAngelo Williams will start, the situation behind him is murkier.

Fullback Mike Tolbert remains out with a hamstring injury, and rookie running back Kenjon Barner is sidelined with a sprained ankle.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the team doesn't plan to add any more running backs, pointing to Tauren Poole and Armond Smith as backs whose roles could increase.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on August 27, 2013 at 01:30 PM | Permalink


Jonathan Stewart should have been traded, when he had value! How many full seasons has he played? I find it hard to believe that he will ever be worth the amount of money this contract will give him. Signing him long term was just bad business.

Posted by: SHAWN | Aug 27, 2013 1:49:42 PM

I agree with SHAWN they should've traded J-Stew a long time ago because inevitably you are as valuable as you are available and he just haven't been available lately smh.....

Posted by: Jasin | Aug 27, 2013 1:53:39 PM

Dave Gettleman needs to seriously consider an injury settlement with Jonathan Stewart. He may never see the field this season and if he does, I seriously doubt it'll be in a serious role before the end of the season.

Posted by: Daniel | Aug 27, 2013 2:04:07 PM

what about tolbert?....what is his status?

Posted by: bull123 | Aug 27, 2013 2:04:38 PM

Expect a bigger role for Tolbert now. He is a better receiver, blocker and short-yardage back than D-Williams. Williams will start and be the "feature" guy, but expect Tolbert to eat 7-10 touched per game. I don't think Stew to PUP hurts us that much, although he is a great player when healthy. We still have a loaded backfield with Barner getting scat-back looks.

Posted by: Nate | Aug 27, 2013 2:29:09 PM

We need 3 men in the back,TOLBERT up front,followed by POOLE,OR STEWART,when helthy,and WILLIAMS,OR BARNER in back.You have 3 men who can run,plus CAM can run,or short pass,if play is not there.Old school football will always be the way to run an offence,i do not care what people say ,it is a passing leage.OLD SCHOOL MIAMI,PITTSBURG,THAT WAS FOOTBALL.They say protecting players ,i say SMASHMOUGTH FOOTBALL WINS GAMES. get a fb/te,and offensive line help asap.

Posted by: BILL | Aug 27, 2013 2:34:13 PM


Posted by: Michael Procton | Aug 27, 2013 2:39:19 PM

Right on Procton

Posted by: #tributetofanbase | Aug 27, 2013 2:40:47 PM

rare is the RB that is worth a big contract. many good enough ones can be had each year, signing the king of turf toe to a long term deal was an awful mistake.

Posted by: big gulps | Aug 27, 2013 2:44:55 PM

I think it is hyserical that the CO is JUST NOW writing about this. This is our own local team and we get the news 48 hrs after the rest of the sporting world does. I read about this 2 days ago on NBC Sports, and yesterday on ESPN.

Posted by: Nuoc | Aug 27, 2013 2:47:02 PM

Wow MP. I've watched you posts for several years now. This one is wacky even for you! Fire G-man? He has done nothing but come in and set this organization on the right track for now and the future. Lose every game? Come'on Man! This is a good move. If Stew comes back mid-season and is healthy it will only help as the teams makes a push to the end of season. The o-line is getting worked out. Cats will compete this year.

Posted by: catfanfromthestart | Aug 27, 2013 2:48:23 PM

I've been predicting Stewart to PUP for about a month now. It's OK. RBs work better when they can get more carries. DeAngelo will be more effective getting 15-17 carries, with Tolbert getting 5-6 carries, Cam dropping down to 3-5 carries and Barner/Poole getting the rest. Adams was going to get cut regardless. He did nothing at WR and isn't close to being the PR that Ginn is. I feel bad for Kearse, but that's the business.

If Stewart is ready by Week 7, that gives us even more punch down the stretch with a fresh back. It can be a win-win situation.

Posted by: Steven H. | Aug 27, 2013 2:53:45 PM

If JStew can't return to play after the first six games, then the Panthers should cut him and move on. Most players are given one year or so to get in playing shape or move on. Stewart has never been completely healthy since he was drafted. It may be time to move on. KUGBILA IS A BUST AND NEEDS TO BE CUT!

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Aug 27, 2013 2:55:34 PM

stewart missed a total of 2 games in 4 seasons prior to last year. last year he missed 7.

that's actually pretty strong durability for a running back of his caliber. adrien peterson has missed 7 games over 6 years and he's considered the ultimate freak of nature.

now if stewart misses ALL of this year, he's going to be cut next year before his option kicks in. if he comes back strong mid season? no problem. that's why you carry 2 and 3 strong backs. no reason why we can't lean on williams for 8 games and lean on stewart for 8 games instead of mix and match for 16.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 27, 2013 2:57:16 PM

I think this is great news for D-Will. He's a runner that does better the longer he's in the game. One less RB to feed the ball means he'll get his motor going and keep it going. Sucks for J-Stew though, good runner that can never stay healthy.

Posted by: millz | Aug 27, 2013 2:59:39 PM

Give KUGBILA time to heel,and learn from the vets,do not expect to much from him this year. Fined a couple scrappy wets to fill in ,after the final cuts.When you compete you dont put in a rookie,unless he is a outstanding player,the military does not send in people,who do not know there job,they send in there best,let the man heel and learn his job.

Posted by: BILL | Aug 27, 2013 3:30:05 PM

Ummmm marty hurney signed j stew to that extension not dave gettlemen....good grief people...

Posted by: mfreeze3152 | Aug 27, 2013 3:30:07 PM

Not shocking news. Prepared myself for the Panthers to enter the season with our running back corps of D WIll and committee.

Posted by: Jellybean | Aug 27, 2013 3:35:11 PM

^^^ and gettleman gave him more guaranteed money in his restructuring this offseason.

stewart will be fine. it's the pup list. he's out the first 6 weeks and then we'll see. even if he misses the year, he'll come back fresher next year with a restructured contract.

we still have williams and tolbert and newton and olsen and lafell and some guy named steve smith who is 23rd and climbing on the alltime receiving yards list. nobody should be panicking about this.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 27, 2013 3:39:18 PM

Look for the Panthers to possibly make a run at Clinton Portis. I ran into him yesteday as he was in town meeting with the Panthers.

He's still young (31 I believe) so maybe he's got more energy in the take after taking some time away from the game.

Posted by: OregonDucks | Aug 27, 2013 3:43:35 PM

whoever said fire gettleman and keuchly is average is on drugs!

Posted by: tb skint | Aug 27, 2013 3:47:49 PM

Don't even dress DW for the Steelers game. Keep him healthy for the regular season.

Posted by: bg | Aug 27, 2013 6:22:42 PM

to the guy imposing as michael procton really lives a sad life, even procton is not that stupid top make those comments..lol

Posted by: pantherfans are really dumb | Aug 27, 2013 6:33:36 PM

It's over J Stew

Posted by: Taz | Aug 27, 2013 6:53:15 PM

Poole could be a diamond in the rough.

Posted by: par404 | Aug 27, 2013 7:26:35 PM

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