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Panthers to find out Jonathan Stewart’s status on Thursday

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Earlier this month, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said that he wasn’t sure whether or not running back Jonathan Stewart would be healthy enough to be an active participant at the start of camp after having surgery on both ankles this offseason.

He’ll get more certainty on that front on Thursday. Rivera said that Stewart will be meeting with doctors for a full physical to determine his status for the start of camp. As you’d expect, Rivera is hoping that the news is positive.

“Thursday is when we’ll get the definitive [answer],” Rivera said, via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. “Kind of hoping he’s ready to go, or ready to go in a limited capacity, once we get there on Thursday.”

The Panthers have talked a lot about recommitting to the run game this year with Stewart, DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert in the backfield, but it will be a lot harder to do if Stewart, who is probably the most talented of the trio, isn’t able to answer the bell. That makes it likely that Stewart’s going to be used lightly in camp and the preseason even if he gets the green light on Thursday.

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5 Responses to “Panthers to find out Jonathan Stewart’s status on Thursday”
  1. facetooth says: Jul 24, 2013 4:38 PM

    UPDATE: Jonathan Stewart’s status – Terrible

  2. sportsmeccabi says: Jul 24, 2013 4:52 PM

    Jeff Otah and Jonathan Stewart in the first round. Really underwhelming draft looking back.

  3. delhommed says: Jul 24, 2013 5:24 PM

    how can anyone say or think that Stewart is better than Williams?! Stewart is always hurt… Williams has been injured once! D. Williams–very underrated!

  4. hokiebird17 says: Jul 24, 2013 9:49 PM

    Stewart has missed a total of 9 games in 5 years, 7 of which came last year. 3 of the 5 seasons he has played in every game…He may be on the injured list each week but at least he plays.

  5. jgedgar70 says: Jul 25, 2013 1:53 PM

    delhommed says:
    Jul 24, 2013 5:24 PM
    how can anyone say or think that Stewart is better than Williams?! Stewart is always hurt… Williams has been injured once! D. Williams–very underrated!
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    Stewart has had issues with the ankle ever since we drafted him, but he didn’t miss any significant time until last year. Williams is the fastest, but Stewart has more overall talent. He is stronger and can break tackles easier, while still having enough speed to break a long one. The big issue with Williams is that he dances in the backfield too much. We could have won at New Orleans in ’11, on the game-winning drive, and Williams got the ball on 4th and 1 and he danced around in the backfield until the Saints D-line wore out our O-line and got him. Williams could run for 1,600 yards in any year, if he can cut out the jitterbugging when he gets the ball.

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