Jonathan Stewart has a sprained ankle

AP

The news is relatively good on Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart, who was carted off the field on Sunday night.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said after the game that X-rays on Stewart’s ankle were negative, and a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Stewart’s injury is just a sprain.

Stewart won’t play in the preseason finale, but he probably wouldn’t have played in the preseason finale even if he were healthy.

There’s no word yet on whether Stewart will be ready to go for the Panthers’ regular-season opener against the Buccaneers on September 9, but as instances of players getting carted off the field during preseason games go, all indications are that this could have been a lot worse.