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Rivera: Barner back, Stewart on track for return

Jonathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams AP

Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams has thrived in the backfield so far this season, but he might be getting some company in the next few weeks.

The Panthers are easing into a bye week, and it appears some reinforcements are on the way.

According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, rookie running back Kenjon Barner returned to practice Tuesday for the first time since a preseason foot injury.

The better news is that coach Ron Rivera said Jonathan Stewart is on track to return from the physically unable to perform list when he’s eligible in Week Seven. Stewart had offseason ankle surgery, and wasn’t going to be ready for the start of the regular season.

Without those two, Williams is getting almost all of the non-Cam Newton rushes, averaging 20 carries a game. He’s third in the league in rushing, with 291 yards.

How they’ll manage the snap counts will be interesting as the season progresses, because Williams can get a little pouty when being underutilized, and Stewart has proven that when he’s well, he deserves plenty of work as well. Barner showed flashes of change-of-pace potential during the preseason, and gives them another option.

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4 Responses to “Rivera: Barner back, Stewart on track for return”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 24, 2013 12:39 PM

    On the sideline Stewart advised Williams that if he wants to attract endorsements he needs to look more like a quarterback and less like a running back.

  2. youcantquitmebaby says: Sep 24, 2013 12:41 PM

    What a difference one game can make.

    Go Panthers!

  3. weepingjebus says: Sep 24, 2013 12:48 PM

    Not going to lie, the primary reason I come to PFT is for the article photos.

  4. jgedgar70 says: Sep 24, 2013 5:48 PM

    Everyone outside the Carolinas can mock us all they want, but offensively, we are loaded. With all these backs, and Ginn actually catching passes instead of dropping them, we can light up the scoreboard and play with any team – as long as the duct tape and chewing gum holding the offensive line and defensive backfield together hold out.

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