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Report: Jonathan Stewart believed to have torn MCL

Jonathan Stewart, Lavonte David AP

The Panthers still have legitimate playoff hopes, but they may have to pursue them with only a normal allotment of running backs.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart is believed to have suffered a torn MCL in last night’s loss to the Saints.

Stewart didn’t return after taking a shot to the knee, though the Panthers had entered the point of the game at which running was a luxury they could no longer afford.

If he’s out, the Panthers would again have to go back to just DeAngelo Williams and fullback Mike Tolbert. They’re used to that, as Stewart had only played the last six games, after missing the first half of the season following offseason ankle surgeries.

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22 Responses to “Report: Jonathan Stewart believed to have torn MCL”
  1. mrlaloosh says: Dec 9, 2013 2:00 PM

    Thank Goodell for all the knee injuries.

  2. wfederal says: Dec 9, 2013 2:03 PM

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… We should have traded him 3 years ago

  3. thegronk87 says: Dec 9, 2013 2:03 PM

    Panthers are about to come back down to earth

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 9, 2013 2:03 PM

    Get Well, Stew.

  5. zam0854 says: Dec 9, 2013 2:04 PM

    ALERT: Need more weapons to compete! I repeat, need more weapons to compete!

  6. nfl4days says: Dec 9, 2013 2:11 PM

    Not surprised. I saw that hit real time and saw Jonathans leg bend to the side and flop around like marcus lattimores when he took that hit and college and was shocked when he got up.

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 9, 2013 2:24 PM

    “Next man after the last man who was the next man after the previous men, UP!”.

  8. dublindemonszfl says: Dec 9, 2013 2:35 PM

    This guy is stealing a paycheck.

  9. Patskrieg dot com says: Dec 9, 2013 2:36 PM

    It sucks but according to TJ Ward and apologists it was either leap in the air to hit him in the head, or smash him in the side of the knees. There are no other hit-able areas.

    Thanks Obama.

  10. imthaschmidt says: Dec 9, 2013 2:36 PM

    mike turner the burner should be on their list of people to call. plays smashmouth football and is a beast in the red zone.

  11. clt2 says: Dec 9, 2013 2:45 PM

    What is with all these little girls diving at the knees of players? He didn’t even try to make a legit tackle. That was a dirty hit, and so was the one on Gronk. I understand you can’t hit the guy in the head, but you have the other 4 feet between the knee and the neck to hit a man. Man up and make a real tackle.

  12. redandgoldhitman52 says: Dec 9, 2013 2:47 PM

    panthers are pretenders. saints are also pretenders. panthers blown out by saints and saints blown out by seattle.got blown out. we lost by 2 points to panthers b4 crabtree came back, the refs gifted the saints a win with brees sack fumble controversial call, and we just beat seattle. 49ers and seattle are clear cut favorites to win it all. the 49ers and seattle playoff game will be the superbowl. winner wins it all.

  13. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 9, 2013 2:48 PM

    Tackling a player without hitting him in the head can be done without aiming at a kneecap.

  14. fdugrad says: Dec 9, 2013 2:53 PM

    His entire career has been on IR…Sad.

  15. bgoochy says: Dec 9, 2013 3:09 PM

    Both he and DeAngelo Williams are the most over paid running backs in the league, by far.

  16. daddyb1gdrawz says: Dec 9, 2013 3:18 PM

    At some point you have to look at guys as injury prone. He, DeMarco Murray, Darren McFadden are just always on IR. I think it is fair to say the Panthers have not received a return on their investment with Stewart. Cant believe it was just last year they were considering trading DeAngelo…wow!!

  17. blacknole08 says: Dec 9, 2013 3:46 PM

    Let’s see what Barner can do. He is an Oregon alum like Stewart, and he was a BEAST there!

  18. boisestatewhodat says: Dec 9, 2013 3:52 PM

    redandgold…this isn’t college football. Strength of schedule and margins of victory do not matter AT ALL! Seattle barely beat the Texans…the Texans have won only 2 games. They almost got beat at home against the Bucs, they’ve won only 4 games. Your argument cannot be supported, period. You lost at the Saints…plain and simple, fair and square. You lost against Carolina, plain and simple and fair and square…you got spanked in Seattle just as the Saints did. The niners will most likely be one and done.

  19. djp141 says: Dec 9, 2013 4:47 PM

    “His entire career has been on IR…Sad.”
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    He missed 2 games in his first 4 seasons.

  20. lengai says: Dec 9, 2013 5:17 PM

    redandgoldhitman52 says:
    Dec 9, 2013 2:47 PM
    panthers are pretenders. saints are also pretenders. panthers blown out by saints and saints blown out by seattle.got blown out. we lost by 2 points to panthers b4 crabtree came back, the refs gifted the saints a win with brees sack fumble controversial call, and we just beat seattle. 49ers and seattle are clear cut favorites to win it all. the 49ers and seattle playoff game will be the superbowl. winner wins it all.
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    The Saints beat the 49ers this season already. The 49ers would not have moved the ball anywhere if the hit on Brees was called a fumble and the Saints would have had the ball again with plenty of time. That was not the final play of the game. How about your QB learns to play QB?

  21. thundastormz says: Dec 9, 2013 6:30 PM

    Someone on the Saints got a bonus check for injuring Jstew! I wonder if the kicker that almost removed Ginns head gets one too?

  22. fdugrad says: Dec 9, 2013 8:49 PM

    djp41 You tell me how he is going to be remembered? I didn’t LITERALLY mean that he spent his career on IR. It is MORE than fair to say Stewart has missed a GREAT deal of time, and when he WAS active, he wasn’t exactly a workhorse who took many carries per game (see “Shady” Mc of The Eagles). When people look back on Stewart’s career it will be viewed as a tremendous success from a contract point of view, however SADLY, he will be included in a group of players along the lines of D. Murray, M. Austin, D. McF. Even a player as great as Troy P, #43 on The Steelers will be partially known for his long periods of time injured, much like db Sanders formerly of The Colts. Stewart’s first four years is not what he will be remembered for when it is all said and done.

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