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September 30, 2013

Stewart running well; Panthers eyeing his return

The Panthers returned to the practice fields Monday following their bye week, but the biggest development occurred on the sideline.

Running back Jonathan Stewart, who's been out since late-November with injuries to both ankles, ran a series of sprints at what looked to be close to full speed. Stewart, whose right ankle has given him the most problems, is eligible to come off the physically unable to perform list in two weeks.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he wasn't sure whether Stewart would be ready to go then.

"I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I’m on the coaching side, we get excited about things," Rivera said. "(Trainer) Ryan Vermillion and his people, they’ve got to be realistic about it. We have to go by what they’re telling us. So we’ll see. It really was nice to see him open it up."

DeAngelo Williams has been a one-man gang in the backfield with injuries to Stewart and rookie Kenjon Barner, who returned from a foot injury during the bye week. Williams is fourth in the league in rushing with an average of 97.0 yards a game.

But Stewart is a physical runner who has complemented Williams well. In 2009 they became the first NFL tandem to each rush for more than 1,100 yards.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on September 30, 2013 at 03:02 PM | Permalink


Cant wait till he gets back.

Posted by: Will | Sep 30, 2013 3:28:24 PM

*waits for the "fans" to start talking about cutting this guy again*

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 30, 2013 4:29:00 PM

Yawn. This team doesn't need Stewart and his damaged goods. He's another over paid, under performing mistake of Hurney. There was no need for a RB on this team when he was drafted and there is no need for him now. Running backs are a dime a dozen in the NFL.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Sep 30, 2013 7:08:44 PM


Drink a nice tall glass of shut the fuck up, cunt! No one wants to hear you're dumbass bitch and complain. You're clearly a functioning retard for thinking we don't need Stewart. Have you heard of the rb by committee approach that everyone is using unless you have AP or lesean McCoy? They barely last all season anymore, you need at least two good backs.

Posted by: Steve | Sep 30, 2013 7:22:01 PM

You mad broskie Steve? Truth hurts huh?

Glad your able to recognize "a functioning retard" from comments through a computer on a website. I think your limited use of the English language equates to "retard" when one uses curse words to express how they feel as you clearly do in your archaic comment.

If you really looked at what my comment was instead of being so butt-hurt over a player (Stewart) you would see I never said the team did not need two RB's. I said they DO NOT NEED AN OVER PAID UNDER PERFORMING RB. Find another RB for CHEAP that is HEALTHY. Don't hang on to damaged goods with the hope of getting better.

That is the problem with you "fans". You get attached to some player who misses half the season because he's injured, but you call names and hate on the healthy players who actual contribute to the team. Such a moronic fanbase.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Oct 1, 2013 6:20:14 AM

we won more games last yr with D Will as the premier back. It's all about the wins.

There are a lot of running backs, most of which have properly functioning ankles that can be the #2 guy for far less bucks. But no, we blew big money on a guy that could live off commercials done for OrthoCarolina.

I'm with DWG on this one. Steve needs to settle down.

Posted by: big gulps | Oct 1, 2013 3:03:35 PM

Again, can't we all just get along? PS Panthers won last game, enjoy!

Posted by: LB3 | Oct 1, 2013 6:09:54 PM

The Panthers ground attack has been relatively average, his return should bolster the entire offense.

Posted by: Berdj Rassam | Oct 3, 2013 12:43:17 PM


guys get hurt in the NFL. doesn't mean they're done yet. it CAN, but not always. stewart is highly skilled, still young, and after missing a bunch of games last year and this with injuries........is pretty fresh.

williams isn't necessarily the better of the 2, but he's the more durable and reliable. but having stewart along with him is when he's been at his best. as in....2008 and 2009.

williams missed most of 2010. was he done then? did we need to release him then? no. i'm not at all attached to the guy. if he comes back, declared "100%" and he doesn't cut it......then yeah....you don't bring him back next year. but you don't NOT let a guy prove himself. his durability is above average for an nfl running back. williams' is elite.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 3, 2013 4:36:05 PM

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