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Panthers Injury Update: Jonathan Stewart rests injured hamstring

By on 8/09/2014 09:22:00 AM

Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart did not play in the team's preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills. Curry Shoff of The Charlotte Observer reports that Stewart sat to rest his injured hamstring.

Stewart pulled the hamstring nearly two weeks ago, but injuries are nothing new to him. He hasn't played a full season since 2011. In fact, the former first-round draft pick has missed 17 games the past two seasons with foot and ankle injuries.

He's been limited to 516 yards rushing and just one touchdown during that span after running for 3,500 yards and 26 TDs during his four seasons in the NFL.

The Panthers have opted against placing Stewart on the physically unable to perform list. This suggests that they truly believe he will be back in action soon. Stewart himself told reporters he does not consider the hamstring to be a major concern.

Even though Stewart is in a timeshare with fellow running back Deangelo Williams, expectations are high for him this season. Williams also sat out last night's game as a precaution.

That opened the door for second-year running back Kenjon Barner to get the bulk of the carries for the Panthers. He rushed eight times for eight yards.

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