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October 18, 2013

Stewart could be back next week

The Panthers hope to have running back Jonathan Stewart back at practice next week following his most strenuous workout in his recovery from offseason surgeries on both ankles.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said if Stewart feels OK on Saturday following Friday's workout, he likely will return next week.

With the Panthers playing a Thursday night game next week at Tampa Bay, Rivera indicated the earliest Stewart would appear in a game would probably be Week 9 against Atlanta.

But Rivera was pleased with what he saw Friday.

"They kind of mimicked what he would go through in a game, and really put him under a lot of stress. So we're going to see tomorrow," Rivera said. "If everything comes into fold and he's healthy, then we can start looking at getting ready to start that timetable. That'll be next week, obviously."

Stewart has been on the physically unable to perform list since the preseason.

Stewart's left ankle feels good, but he's still dealing with pain in the right ankle. He hasn't played in a game since last November at Philadelphia.

"They put him through a very rigorous workout. I got a chance to watch from the side," Rivera said. "Just to see him moving around, I was very pleased to see it. They really had him cutting and breaking and turning. They had him pulling the sled, pushing the sled. The training staff put him through the paces of what he could expect going forward."

--Joseph Person

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Posted by: charlottean | Oct 18, 2013 1:42:39 PM

Hoping Stewy feels great and can begin the path to being a contributor once again. It's nice to mix things up with DWill and Stewy. Keep Pounding!!!

Posted by: dangburnit | Oct 18, 2013 3:13:12 PM

Stewy is not living up to his contract and will soon be on his way out of town. Until then lock up your daughters.

Posted by: Mike | Oct 18, 2013 6:52:44 PM

Anything he can do, even on one leg, will be better than anything Armanti Edwards ever did in his post-college life. So glad he's gone! Worst pick ever.

Posted by: Ted | Oct 18, 2013 7:44:52 PM

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