Smith, Beason return to Panthers practice, Stewart doesn’t

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There are three big names to watch on the injury report for the Panthers this week.

Wide receiver Steve Smith, linebacker Jon Beason and running back Jonathan Stewart have all been absent from Panthers practice of late and the team would obviously like to get some good news about all three of them before taking the field against the Buccaneers. They’ll have to settle for two out of three at this point.

Smith, who has been out about two weeks with a foot infection, and Beason, sidelined for weeks by a balky hamstring, both practiced on Sunday. Coach Ron Rivera said that he thought both players would play against Tampa and sounded particularly excited by Smith’s work during the unpadded session.

“He went back to his normal practice mode–100 percent, all the time,” Rivera said, via Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer. “So it was a lot of fun watching Steve back on the football field.”

The news on Stewart was less good. He ran in a pool on Sunday, but hasn’t done any field work since spraining his ankle against the Jets in the third preseason game. Rivera said that he’d be evaluated throughout the week to see if the team can make it a full house come the opener.

5 responses to “Smith, Beason return to Panthers practice, Stewart doesn’t

  1. I love how people still bring up the sucker punch issue with Steve. This is getting old now. Steve has matured dramatically over the past couple of seasons. Not only does he give it his all every practice and game, he also gives back to the community. Holding camps for kids, or donating 100,000 dollars to the City of Aurora, Colorado after the movie theatre shooting. The man is all class, and I cant wait to see him do work again next sunday.

  2. Amazing, Steve is all of a sudden healthy. Once again it proves that he doesn’t like to play preseason games and he always has a bad foot or leg during preseason. It’s funny that the front office thinks we believe this lie. Just tell it like it is. Steve won’t play the preseason games. He’s a veteren and he deserves it. We love you Steve. Even more when the haters come out to run their mouths. He will light it up against Tampa bay wussies this week.

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