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December 09, 2013

Knee injury sidelines Jonathan Stewart for at least this week

The Carolina Panthers went seven games with Jonathan Stewart to start this season, and they'll be without him for a few more after the running back injured his MCL in Sunday night's 31-13 loss to New Orleans.

Stewart suffered an MCL tear and will not play this week. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Stewart would get evaluated in 10 days and added it's possible Stewart could return in the regular season finale at Atlanta.

The injury occurred when Keenan Lewis hit Stewart's right knee after the back had picked up 16 yards on a short pass from Cam Newton

Stewart stayed on the ground briefly before gingerly jogging across the field to the sideline. He went to the locker room later in the quarter and came back to the sideline with his right leg wrapped. Stewart played seven snaps Sunday night, picking up 16 on that pass play and 16 yards on a rush the play before it.

Starting running back DeAngelo Williams will see more carries in Stewart's absence. That bodes well for Williams, who thrives with more touches. He leads the team this year with 662 yards on 164 carries for an average of 4 yards per carry.

Stewart sat out the first seven games of the season while on the physically unable to perform list following offseason ankle surgery. He suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 12 against Philadelphia last year and did not play again.

He returned to Carolina's backfield against Atlanta in Week 9. In six games this year, Stewart has 48 carries for 180 yards and zero touchdowns. He also caught seven passes for 44 yards.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on December 9, 2013 at 03:21 PM | Permalink


Another one of Hurneys great extensions.

Posted by: steve | Dec 9, 2013 3:39:07 PM

The difference is that J Stew was hitting the hole hard and Deangelo had happy feet. DW will have to stop dancing and start pounding.

Posted by: James Smith | Dec 9, 2013 3:39:32 PM

shocked that he only played a few games. ;)

Posted by: big gulps | Dec 9, 2013 4:31:22 PM

Stop with the Hurney bashing. Jerry Richardson calls the shots and has always awarded "lifetime contracts" to his players like they were tenured managers at his Quincy's or Hardees! Jerry is too nice a guy in the cut throat NFL and honors loyalty - which can be a problem. But to blame Hurney when he was merely following orders from the big guy - is not correct!

Posted by: td1315 | Dec 9, 2013 4:54:01 PM

he's cooked for the rest of the year....if he cant be ready by training camp, then we need to cut bait...i like stew but he has been of no value to us for a some time

Posted by: bull123 | Dec 9, 2013 5:07:17 PM

Got one that can't stay healthy and one that goes down when breathed on. I wish we'd drafted Lattimore rather than Kugbila.

Posted by: Authority on Everything | Dec 9, 2013 5:48:07 PM

I can't believe these comments. That hit on Stewart would've sidelined any RB in the NFL if they were hit exactly the same way in the same spot. Your knee doesn't bend that way. And I'm looking forward to Williams getting the ball more. When he runs for most of the game, he eventually breaks one.

Posted by: emlit | Dec 9, 2013 6:14:54 PM

You are right Hurney followed Jerrys orders which is one of the main reasons we were wrapped in Mediocrity. He hit homers on 1st picks but never managed the cap and flopped on way too many picks.

Posted by: jay | Dec 9, 2013 7:24:07 PM

That was a cheap shot by Saints CB Keenan Lewis on Stewart. He was obviously running out of bounds and it didn't call for a low blow on Stewart's knee at the sideline... heck a push was all that was needed. I know it's football, but that was totally unnecessary and ran the risk on ending a man's career.

Posted by: Jim | Dec 9, 2013 8:49:06 PM

Bunch of morons above criticizing Stewart/Hurney. See how tough you would be if you took a cheap shot to the knee like that. You'd be crying like a little girl. Glad Stew was not seriously hurt- I am shocked and glad it wasn't the end of the season for him.

Posted by: PantherD | Dec 9, 2013 9:09:07 PM

nobody is criticizing Stewart he unfortunately has been hurt since the extension which WAS another expensive mistake by Marty.

Posted by: fred | Dec 9, 2013 9:21:26 PM

another one of those hurney draft picks that have us 9-4 right now. a lot to complain about there.

dude had 2 touches for 32 yards and we're talking about him not being worth the money? the exact same hit just took out gronk for the season. and this dude is talking about 10 days. that's a tough A-- dude right there.

but yeah....you guys hate the guy because he gets hurt?! in football?

i could understand if this was baseball or basketball, but football? if anything that dude deserves a raise - he is completely abandoning any chance of walking pain free after he's done.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 10, 2013 11:54:26 AM

Charlottean you are right I will take 9-4. Problem has been too much money in one area i.e runningbacks which has prevented us from other area i.e db's, we the last few years had cap issues every year do to gm/owner mismanagement. The previous GM hit homeruns early but struggled building depth. Hopefully new GM can keep Jerry away and winning seasons are the new norm.

Posted by: steve | Dec 10, 2013 3:39:12 PM

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