Jonathan Stewart Injury: Updates on Panthers RB's Foot and Return

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

Carolina Panthers' Jonathan Stewart (28) arrives for practice during the NFL football team's training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart hasn't played since he suffered a slight foot sprain against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 14, according to Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer.

His official status for the team's game against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Divisional Round of the playoffs on Jan. 17 has yet to be determined, although he's expected to play.

Continue for updates. 


Latest on Stewart's Playing Status

Wednesday, Jan. 13

David Newton of ESPN reported that Stewart has no limitations this week and will play against Seattle.


Latest on Stewart's Practice Status

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Max Henson of Panthers.com noted Stewart is taking part in Wednesday's session.


Stewart Comments on Potential Return

Monday, Jan. 4

Stewart said that he is still considered day-to-day but noted that the plan is to play in the Panthers' divisional game, via Jones.


Latest on Stewart's Recovery

Tuesday, Dec. 29

Steve Reed of the Associated Press reported Stewart is walking without a boot on his foot.


Stewart Vital to Panthers' Balanced Attack

Stewart started his career as one half of a great running back tandem with DeAngelo Williams. He had at least 10 rushing touchdowns in each of his first two seasons and averaged at least 4.3 yards per carry from 2008 to 2011. 

Unfortunately, starting in 2012, Stewart seemed to have hit the "running back wall." He only appeared in 15 games from 2012 to 2013, and his yards per carry dipped under four. Last year, the 28-year-old did rebound with 809 rushing yards and 4.6 yards per carry, but he still missed three games in October. 

As the Panthers have surprised this season, so has Stewart, as he's rushed for 989 yards and six touchdowns.

The Panthers have solid depth behind Stewart in veteran Mike Tolbert and rookie Cameron Artis-Payne, and they can survive his absence.

It also helps the Panthers that quarterback Cam Newton moves so well out of the pocket to keep the rushing threat alive, but this offense needs Stewart to be at his best to achieve its full potential.

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