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Jonathan Stewart survives a scare, after getting kicked in calf

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As well as things went for the Panthers in the first half of last night’s win over the Dolphins, they had a bit of a scare from their new money man.

After scoring an early touchdown, running back Jonathan Stewart hobbled off the field with a trainer, but walked back a few minutes later after getting checked out.

“He got kicked in the calf and we just wanted to be cautious,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said after the game.

Stewart, who signed a five-year contract extension last week which included $23 million guaranteed, was well enough to be seen dancing on the sidelines in the second half, clearly not bothered by the problem.

Starting center Ryan Kalil and right tackle Byron Bell also had to come out briefly after they got their feet stomped during the game, but X-rays on both were negative.

Those were the only negatives for the Panthers first offense, which rolled to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter and was up 20-7 at halftime.

Cam Newton was a clean 8-of-11 for 119 yards and a touchdown. The offense which ranked fifth in points and seventh in yards last year looked much more polished than in last week’s yawner against the Texans, and having Stewart healthy will be a key component in moving that forward.

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3 Responses to “Jonathan Stewart survives a scare, after getting kicked in calf”
  1. millertime30 says: Aug 18, 2012 9:16 AM

    “Starting center Ryan Kalil and right tackle Byron Bell also had to come out briefly after they got their feet stomped during the game”

    ^Linemen stomp on each other like this on purpose (Offensive and Defensive)
    It’s really cheap, and has to be absolutely excruciating. Imagine a 350lbs man stomping on your foot with cleats.

  2. newtonworth says: Aug 18, 2012 2:36 PM

    design a cleat with a plate or something to protect the top of your feet????? paitent anybody????

  3. jgedgar70 says: Aug 21, 2012 10:00 AM

    It was good to see Stewart make it back to the sideline and appear to be fine. I was glad to see the offense do so much better but the Dolphins aren’t anywhere near as good as the Texans. I expect another big lead to be established on Sunday because the Jets are an absolute train wreck. They might even finish behind the Dolphins this year.

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