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October 30, 2013

Stewart expected to play vs. Falcons

Barring any setbacks, Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart will play Sunday against Atlanta in his first action in nearly a year.

Stewart, who had offseason surgeries on both ankles, practiced in full pads Wednesday for the first time since last November, and afterward pronounced himself good to go.

Asked whether Stewart likely would be activated before the Falcons' game, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said: "Yeah, he looked good."

Stewart has been on the physically unable to perform list since the preseason. He began practicing last week, but was never in the mix to play in the Thursday night game against Tampa Bay.

But Stewart said he's ready this week.

"It felt good going out there, hitting the field full-speed with some contact. And just running plays with contact," Stewart said.

"It's different from running sprints, pulling sleds, even just walkthrough practices, to full pads. Today was a good step. It was fun. Just good to be back out there in the huddle."

Stewart -- while pointing out he's not paid to be a trainer -- said he also expects backfield mate DeAngelo Williams to be on the field with him against the Falcons. Williams bruised his quad in the second half against the Bucs, but had a good day working out and conditioning Wednesday, according to Rivera.

As for Stewart, Rivera said: "He looked fast. Fresh legs."

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on October 30, 2013 at 03:45 PM | Permalink


Thomas Davis came back better than he did before he went out with all the injuries. Lets hope J Stew can do the same.

Posted by: Smitty | Oct 30, 2013 4:06:22 PM

me ready to play too.

Posted by: jimmy pickles | Oct 30, 2013 4:10:35 PM

D-Will, J-Stew and Big Mike in the backfield.

Our ground game looks good.....

Posted by: Yuppa! | Oct 30, 2013 4:19:08 PM

Why does Tolbert fumble so much in Madden??

Posted by: Bob Smith | Oct 30, 2013 4:30:07 PM

wildcat the ball straight to the kraken

Posted by: big gulps | Oct 30, 2013 5:43:54 PM

at the very least, he's a better receiver than williams and gives us a better option than tolbert in NON short yardage situations and barner in any situation.

and beason came back and has looked very good starting at MLB for the giants as they've won 2 of 3 after starting 0-5 before.

there's every reason to give stewart several weeks to get back to form. if by the end of the year he looks horrible, that's different, but even then i think most of next year's salary is guaranteed. get him back in shape and healthy and strong. *waits for gettleman to waive him next monday*

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 31, 2013 9:47:21 AM

This provides NO value. We have the 7th ranked rush offense in the league. This only takes carries away from players already producing. D Will and Tolbert are a great pair. You're taking carries away from one or both of these guys. Sometimes they need a series or two to get into rhythm. Now you're going to take that away and chalk that guy up as having a bad - throwing carries to someone else. The three headed monster we have now is fine - KEEP PLAYING THEM. Use Stewart as a back-up in case one goes down, but for now....keep him off the field.

Posted by: Jake | Oct 31, 2013 9:52:00 AM

Trick goes with Treat like Josh Norman goes with milk bottle. Any questions? Oh.. Oh.. I do have one real question through. Why want the coach give the tight end Williams a chance to get on the field and use a two tight end set. They say the dude is a beast. Anyone knows whats up with that.

Posted by: Tarhellkenneth | Oct 31, 2013 10:23:20 AM


it takes away 3rd down snaps from williams where stewart is the better receiver. it takes brockel or hartsock out of playing fullback in non goal-line situations and gives you tolbert there as a threat instead.

not to mention depth. what happens if williams gets hurt as running backs often do? saying it doesn't help is like saying beason wouldn't hold any value as a backup incase kuechly was to get hurt.

he's not coming in and all of a sudden tolbert isn't getting the ball in goal-line situations or williams is getting less carries than the already low number he's been getting.

he's not ready for that. but there's a lot of value in having that guy around. even if its just 5 carries and a catch a game. it beats having smith or barner playing tailback.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 1, 2013 9:56:10 AM

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