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Ron Rivera optimistic Jonathan Stewart will make season opener

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Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart has yet to practice with the team during training camp as he remains on the physically unable to perform list with an ankle injury.

But head coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Stewart is still on track to be ready for the start of the regular season.

Oh yeah, based on what’s been going on the last couple days,” Rivera said, via the team’s official website. “I feel pretty optimistic.”

Stewart will re-join a crowded backfield alongside DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert when he gets back on the practice field, Stewart is looking to bounce back from the least productive season of his five-year career last year. Stewart played in just nine games and averaged just 3.6 yards per carry on 93 attempts with one rushing and one receiving touchdown.

In addition to Stewart, Rivera said Tolbert could return in the “next week or so” from a hamstring injury.

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6 Responses to “Ron Rivera optimistic Jonathan Stewart will make season opener”
  1. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 12, 2013 11:03 PM

    Better hope so with the rookie RB Kenjon Barner coughing up the ball in the Bears game.

  2. michaeljacksonisback says: Aug 12, 2013 11:05 PM

    Who cares? They suck

  3. kingbeason52 says: Aug 12, 2013 11:26 PM

    I like Stewart but it is the same story every year with him. Our offense will need every playmaker available to have a shot at anything this year..Get healthy Stewart!!

  4. larrydavid7000 says: Aug 13, 2013 8:25 AM

    These two RBs are awful and it shows big time. When your not even drafted in fantasy football that’s the kiss of death. I drafted these clowns over the past few years for backups and still could not come through. Will not touch them with a 10 foot pole.

  5. drunkencat1 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:07 PM

    Maybe you should stick to some other fantasy game like Zelda or something like that. Carolina has used a running back by committee every since they drafted Stewart so their fantasy value is low. The only clowns are the people dumb enough to draft them on their fantasy team.

  6. teek77 says: Aug 13, 2013 4:06 PM

    As a Panther fan, I am truly sorry to hear that Stewart is going to make it back in time for the season opener. Last year, Williams did not start producing until Stewart went out with another of his expected injuries. They were a good combo the first few years they were together but now they only seem to work toward each other’s detriment. The Panther’s version of “Thunder and Lightening” has turned into more of a “Rained-Out Fireworks Celebration”. As for Barner, he showed definite promise against the Bears, if he can learn how to hold onto the football.

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