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Ron Rivera “cautiously optimistic” Jonathan Stewart will start practicing soon

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The Panthers ran for 131 yards on the way to a 35-10 win over the Vikings on Sunday, so they aren’t in desperate need of a jolt to their rushing game.

They might get one in the near future anyway. Running back Jonathan Stewart is eligible to be activated from the PUP list this week and he’d join DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert in the backfield whenever that happens. Coach Ron Rivera said Monday that he’s “cautiously optimistic” that Stewart, who had offseason surgery on both ankles, will be back on the field soon and that the team would make a call after seeing Stewart’s work Monday and Tuesday with trainer Ryan Vermillion.

“We’ll see. He’s at a point where he’s doing a lot more. But he’s been doing it on the side,” Rivera said, via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. “Ryan will work him out again tomorrow and see how he feels and we’ll make a determination as we get ready for Wednesday’s practice.”

Person reports that Stewart said he’s still feeling discomfort in his right ankle and that he thinks he’d need a couple of weeks before he’d be able to play in a game. Stewart would be able to practice for three weeks after being activated from the PUP list so that wouldn’t necessarily hold the team back from getting him back onto the practice field. If they don’t activate him this week, Carolina will have two more weeks to make a call before they’d lose the chance to activate the running back at all this season.

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4 Responses to “Ron Rivera “cautiously optimistic” Jonathan Stewart will start practicing soon”
  1. wfederal says: Oct 14, 2013 3:36 PM

    Just trade him! Please! He is never healthy and, even though he has great talent, we don’t need him! We need draft picks!

  2. corkspop says: Oct 14, 2013 3:59 PM

    Not much of a story here. Williams is fast and Tolbert is unstoppable through the middle. Nice one – two punch. But if either gets hurt, it’d be nice to have Stewart’s combo of power and speed.

  3. ak18346 says: Oct 14, 2013 4:04 PM

    hello NY or Mia this is the Carolina Panthers calling with a RB Stewart for you. What do you have to offer for him

  4. teek77 says: Oct 16, 2013 10:49 PM

    Just to get rid of his contribution to the salary cap would be a great contribution. Sounds like Stew is going to ride wagon until near the end of the season, then have a miraculous recovery in time to impress some other team or insure his spot with the Panthers for next year.

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