Jonathan Stewart Injury: Updates on Panthers RB's Ankle

Mike MoraitisAnalyst INovember 26, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 26:  Jonathan Stewart #28 of the Carolina Panthers carries the ball as Cullen Jenkins #97 of the Philadelphia Eagles defends on November 26, 2012 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart left the Monday Night Football matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles after suffering an ankle injury.

UPDATE: Sunday, December 30 at 11:39 a.m. ET by Steven Cook

Panthers fans eager to see the return of back Jonathan Stewart will have to wait until the 2013 season, as he's inactive for the final game against the Saints, per Panthers PR Twitter feed. 

#Panthers inactives: 7 Clausen, 15 Adams, 28 Stewart, 50 Anderson, 63 Hangartner, 76 Hardy

— Panthers PR Dept. (@PanthersPR) December 30, 2012

This culminates a less than stellar season for Stewart, who finishes with 336 rushing yards and just one touchdown for his 2012 campaign.

 

UPDATE: Sunday, December 23 at 11:40 a.m. ET

Stewart will miss his fourth straight game when the Panthers host Oakland in Week 16. According to the Raiders official Twitter feed, Stewart is listed on the Panthers' inactive list. 

Panthers Inactives: QB J. Clausen, WR D. Gettis, RB J. Stewart, LB J. Anderson, C/G G. Hangartner, G H. Hicks, and DT S. Fua

— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) December 23, 2012

Stewart hasn't played since injuring his ankle against the Eagles on November 26. He was having a disappointing season up to that point, with just 93 carries, 336 yards and one touchdown. 

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 9 at 2:44 p.m. ET

As was expected, Stewart has been ruled out of Sunday's contest. The Panthers PR department tweeted out the news as they announced Sunday's inactives. 

#Panthers inactives: 7 Clausen, 12 Gettis, 28 Stewart, 50 Anderson, 63 Hangartner, 73 B. Campbell, 92 D. Edwards.

— Panthers PR Dept. (@Panthers_PR) December 16, 2012

 

UPDATE: Sunday, December 9 at 12:05 p.m. ET

As reported earlier, Jonathan Stewart will not be in the Carolina Panthers lineup when they take on the Atlanta Falcons.

The NFL's official inactive report confirmed Stewart's Twitter announcement this morning.

Keep it tuned here for more updates and information on the running back's injury and when to expect him back in action.

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 9 at 11:10 a.m. ET

Rough news for Panthers fans and fantasy owners as Jonathan Stewart announced on Twitter that he will not participate in today's contest.

Wish I could play today! But will have to contribute today by supporting my team from the sideline #panthernation #beatthefalcons

— Jonathan Stewart (@Jonathanstewar1) December 9, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 2 at 11:50 a.m. ET by Adam Wells

Stewart's ankle injury is going to keep him out of Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to the Panthers' PR Department on Twitter.

#Panthers inactives: 7 Clausen, 12 Gettis, 28 Stewart, 31 Dockery, 55 Hogue, 73 B. Campbell, 93 Applewhite

— Panthers PR Dept. (@Panthers_PR) December 2, 2012

This has been a forgettable season for the usually dependable Stewart. He is averaging a career-worst 3.6 yards per carry and has just 336 yards with one touchdown. 

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UPDATE: Saturday, Dec. 1 at 5:50 p.m. by Matt Fitzgerald

Panthers insider Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer has the latest on Stewart's status for the team's Week 13 game in Kansas City, and it's not good news for Carolina fans:

...Starting running back Jonathan Stewart did not make the trip with the team. He suffered a high ankle sprain on his left ankle and did not practice all week. As expected, DeAngelo Williams will get the start on Sunday.

Both highly paid backs have struggled all year long, as Carolina still tries to search for answers as to how the team is under-performing in 2012.

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UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 30 at 12:54 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

The news is not good for the Panthers and Jonathan Stewart. The runningback's ankle injury has him listed as doubtful for Sunday's game in Kansas City according to Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer.

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart is doubtful for Sunday's game at Kansas City

— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) November 30, 2012

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UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 30 at 10:57 a.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer has some extremely discouraging news for Panther fans concerning Stewart:

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart sprained his right ankle during the preseason and re-injured it during the first half Monday at Philadelphia. Then he sustained a high ankle sprain to his left leg in the second half.

...Stewart doesn’t have a sore ankle.

He has two sore ankles.

Despite lucrative contracts for both Stewart and franchise-leading rusher DeAngelo Williams in the past two years, both have severely underperformed, particularly in 2012. Stewart's is more injury-related, but nevertheless adds to the disappointment for a Carolina team that was expected to contend for the playoffs.

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Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/11/29/3696284/double-trouble-both-stewarts-ankles.html#storylink=cpy

UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 3:55 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

In Carolina's first practice since Monday Night's battle with the Eagles, Jonathan Stewart didn't suit up (via the Charlotte Observer's Joe Person):

Running back Jonathan Stewart (ankle) is not practicing today. Cam Newton is full participation with a right wrist injury.

— Joe Person (@josephperson) November 28, 2012

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Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer broke the news via Twitter:

Jonathan Stewart (ankle) out; return questionable.

— Joe Person (@josephperson) November 27, 2012

UPDATE: Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 1:30 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Jonathan Stewart's injury does not appear to be overly serious. 

The Carolina Panthers' Twitter reported the following on the running back's ankle: 

Jonathan Stewart injured his ankle in last night's game. Ron Rivera says the running back will be day-to-day.

— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) November 27, 2012

The Panthers will hope to have him back when they take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and attempt to win consecutive games for the first time this season. But The Charlotte Observer's Joe Person notes that this is unlikely:  

Jonathan Stewart has a high ankle sprain. Rivera called him day-to-day. Those usually take a while. On a short week, tough turnaround.

— Joe Person (@josephperson) November 27, 2012

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Stewart is the Panthers' No. 1 back this season, but it hasn't been an easy 2012 campaign for the 25-year-old. Stewart has battled injuries during the course of the season. It was during the preseason when Stewart first injured his right ankle, and it has been a problem ever since.

Behind Cam Newton, Stewart is the team's second-leading rusher. Even when he's been on the field, Stewart hasn't been very effective. He's run for 336 yards on 93 attempts this season, a depressing 3.6 yards-per-carry average.

One possible explanation is that his ankle has never fully healed and it has continuously plagued him throughout the course of this season. Stewart has never averaged less than four yards per carry in a season during his career, so his lackluster numbers are certainly a concern.

The Panthers have solid depth at the position, however. DeAngelo Williams will most likely get the bulk of the carries for Carolina, with Mike Tolbert as the No. 2 back. Newton is also an obvious option to help pick up the slack on the ground.

Stick with Bleacher Report for all the latest updates on Stewart's ailing ankle.

 

Fantasy Value

Stewart's injury shouldn't be too big of a blow to fantasy owners. The Panthers' running back hasn't done much this year to garner any kind of excitement about putting him in a starting lineup.

Points have been tough to come by for owners who have started Stewart this season. He has yet to break the 51-yard mark in rushing yards in any of the eight games he's played in coming into Week 12.

To make matters worse, Stewart has only gotten into the end zone once on the ground and once through the air.

Chances are if Stewart is still in your lineup at this point in the season, your team is already out of playoff contention. If somehow your fantasy team has gotten around Stewart's horrid season, his latest injury is just more of a wake-up call to sit him on the bench or drop him for the rest of 2012.

If this injury persists past Week 12, look for DeAngelo Williams to replace Stewart. Williams is the Panthers No. 2 back and will be likely getting the majority of the carries from here on out.