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Panthers “a little bit” concerned about running back Jonathan Stewart

Carolina Panthers' Fozzy Whittaker (43) runs past San Francisco 49ers' Eric Reid (35) in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn) AP

The Vikings are playing the Panthers next week, and both sides are worried about the status of their starting running back.

While the news doesn’t appear as dire in Carolina, Panthers coach Ron Rivera admitted after the game he was “a little bit” concerned about the status of Jonathan Stewart, who left with a hamstring injury in the second quarter and didn’t return.

The Panthers got through the day well, with backup Fozzy Whittaker rushing for his first 100-yard game in the NFL, but he’s more of a change-of-pace back, rather than the physical inside runner Stewart is.

The Panthers also had to hand the ball to fullback Mike Tolbert more than normal, as Cameron-Artis Payne was inactive.

I have no qualms with having him ready to roll,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said of Artis-Payne, via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review.

The Panthers, who for so long spent too much money on running backs, are now in a position of hoping for outlier performances, or trusting untested kids. Artis-Payne had 45 carries last year, as the fifth-round rookie from Auburn showed hints of competence.

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4 Responses to “Panthers “a little bit” concerned about running back Jonathan Stewart”
  1. alcore1 says: Sep 19, 2016 9:38 AM

    It doesn’t matter who starts at RB for Carolina. They will continue to dominate the league and win the Super Bowl! GO PANTHERS!!

  2. edon8334 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:05 AM

    Panthers defense needs to be worried. Giving up 20 points to 2 teams with sub par offenses

  3. jgedgar70 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:47 AM

    There are 3 certainties in life – death, taxes, and Jonathan Stewart getting hurt. I feel like a genius for spending a 14th round fantasy draft pick on Cameron Artis-Payne.

  4. pantherpro says: Sep 22, 2016 11:05 AM

    Can we get 34 back?

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