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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Panthers Injury Update: Jonathan Stewart won't miss regular season

By on 7/27/2014 09:45:00 PM

Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart has missed 17 games over the last two seasons due to knee and ankle issues, but he was at full strength during offseason workouts and reportedly looked very good. Now a hamstring injury Stewart suffered prior to the start of training camp has him sidelined, but he only expects to miss 2-4 weeks and there does not seem to be much concern about his status for the start of the regular season.

Stewart's injury puts DeAngelo Williams in line to open the season as Carolina's clear-cut No. 1 running back, and with rookie Tyler Gaffney (knee) now out for the season 2013 sixth-round pick Kenjon Barner looks likely to get an extended look during the preseason. Fozzy Whittaker, who was signed on Sunday, may also get a chance to make a case for a spot on the 53-man roster with a lot of preseason playing time.

Stewart may be the most talented running back the Panthers have, as evidenced by a yards per-carry average of 4.8 over his first four seasons (2008-2011) along with two seasons with 10 rushing touchdowns in that span (2008 and 2009). But with injuries continuing to mount over the last few seasons, Stewart's time to re-assert himself as a significant contributor is dwindling quickly at age 27.

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