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Panthers place Jonathan Stewart on PUP list

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Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart had a meeting with the team’s doctors on Thursday to check on the status of his surgically repaired ankles and the result of that exam is going to keep Stewart on the sideline for a while.

Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that Panthers coach Ron Rivera announced that Stewart will be placed on the physically unable to perform list to start camp, which means he won’t be able to practice with the rest of the team until he’s activated. Stewart gave a brief update on his condition before word came down about the PUP list designation, saying that his left ankle felt fine but the right one was still causing him trouble.

“It’s real difficult for the fact that you don’t want to be sitting, standing around during training camp watching guys get reps,” Stewart said. “You got to take things from the mental perspective because that’s all you can really do when you’re limited. And just missing out on being part of the team, sometimes you feel left out when you’re not participating. Those are things I’ve dealt and we’ve got a good team and good group of guys that rally around each other, so I’m very fortunate.”

With Mike Tolbert and DeAngelo Williams ready to go, Stewart risks losing time in the backfield rotation should his absence linger deep into camp and the preseason. That would be bad news for him and for the Panthers, whose best path to offensive success this season starts with a sturdy running game.

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9 Responses to “Panthers place Jonathan Stewart on PUP list”
  1. unbiasfan says: Jul 25, 2013 5:19 PM

    The PUP list? Michael Vick wants to know where the “pup” list is

  2. ncsportsfan says: Jul 25, 2013 5:20 PM

    SSDY…same story, different year.

  3. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Jul 25, 2013 5:30 PM

    RE: the picture

    hey Stewart
    gilligan called,
    he wants his hat back!

  4. koolaidcircusbeast says: Jul 25, 2013 5:42 PM

    You, you mean the KITTEN list?

  5. teek77 says: Jul 25, 2013 6:48 PM

    Maybe this will give the coach’s more time for giving reps to Barner. Hope the rookie adds a new dimension to the running attack to replace Stewart’s “two yards and a pile of dust” routine.

  6. allidoiswin55 says: Jul 25, 2013 7:25 PM

    The panthers organization is full of idiots. Signing this many running backs and avoiding good receivers. No wonder they keep playing around. 500 the fans deserve better.

  7. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Jul 25, 2013 7:27 PM

    What are Stewart’s ankles made out of? Balsa wood?

    I swear, he’s been injured his entire career.

  8. qdog112 says: Jul 25, 2013 9:59 PM

    Somebody had it right. Stewart’s fellow Oregon Duck will take reps from him and likely star in preseason, as they will try to protect DWill and Tolbert.

    Barner is the this year’s Russell Wilson. The steal of the draft.

  9. jgedgar70 says: Jul 29, 2013 12:27 PM

    teek77 says:
    Jul 25, 2013 6:48 PM
    Maybe this will give the coach’s more time for giving reps to Barner. Hope the rookie adds a new dimension to the running attack to replace Stewart’s “two yards and a pile of dust” routine.
    _____
    Better check your stats; Stewart’s yards per carry is 4.6 and DeAngelo’s is 4.9 – not a lot of difference. The difference is that when Stewart is handed the ball, he runs straight ahead, where Williams does a Dancing With the Stars routine for 5 seconds before he moves forward. Stewart gets tough yards between the tackles.

    Barner is DeAngelo II, which is fine, but he is ill-suited to take Stewart’s role. Stewart is the change of pace to Williams and Barner. We will need him.

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