Darian Stewart Injury: Updates on Broncos Safety's MCL and Recovery

Mike NorrisFeatured Columnist

Jan 24, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) is hit by Denver Broncos free safety Darian Stewart (26) after a catch in the third quarter in the AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos safety Darian Stewart suffered a sprained MCL in a 20-18 victory over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game but will not miss the Super Bowl.

Continue for updates. 

Stewart Active vs. Panthers

Sunday, Feb. 7

The Broncos announced Stewart is available to play versus Carolina.

Latest on Stewart's Practice Status

Thursday, Feb. 4

Stewart was a full participant in Thursday's practice, per Mike Klis of 9News in Denver. 

Stewart Comments on Status

Monday, Feb. 1

Stewart told reporters his sprained knee is "fine" and he will play Sunday. 

When Stewart was asked on Jan. 24 if he would miss the Super Bowl, he replied, "Oh, hell no," per Vic Lombardi of Denver's Altitude Sports Network. 

How Stewart's Presence Impacts Broncos

The fourth-year pro has done a little bit of everything in his first year in Denver, totaling 63 tackles, 10 passes defended, 1.5 sacks and an interception. The Broncos will be thankful the two-week break gave him and safety T.J. Ward time to heal and have the defense at full strength.