PJonathan Stewart
RB CAR (7)
2 months ago5 Comments

Stewart continues to deal with foot pain stemming from an injury he suffered during the Super Bowl in February, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Stewart's left foot discomfort has limited his participation throughout the Panthers' OTAs as the soreness has lingered for months. He sprained the same foot towards the end of the 2015 regular season as well, which kept him out of the final three games with the playoffs approaching. On Tuesday he was a participant during individual drills, but sat out of the team portion while he looks to get back to 100% soon.

PJonathan Stewart
RB CAR (7)
6 months ago

Stewart gained 29 yards on 12 carries and scored a rushing touchdown, while securing one of two targets for a loss of one yard in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl loss to the Broncos.

EDGE Analysis

The eight-year veteran, who endured foot and ankle ailments late in the season and postseason, avoided serious injury in the first quarter after his left leg was trapped under several players following a run and he was momentarily bent backward at an awkward angle. Stewart limped off the field and returned late in the period, eventually diving into the end zone from one-yard out early in the second quarter to close out a nine-play, 73-yard drive. The 28-year-old otherwise found tough sledding on the ground against a ferocious Denver front that yielded little on the day. Although his season concluded with a thud, Stewart gave the Panthers reason to believe he is capable of carrying out the feature back role effectively, gaining 989 yards and six touchdowns on the ground in 13 regular season contests.

PJonathan Stewart
RB CAR (7)
6 months ago

Stewart (ankle) wasn't listed on the Panthers' injury report Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Stewart didn't log a single practice rep in the first week of Super Bowl prep, but upon his arrival in Santa Clara, CA, he's been given the all-clear to proceed as normal. Including the postseason, he's notched 1,178 yards at a clip of 4.2 YPC, while reaching the end zone nine times in 15 games. He'll attempt to keep up the pace Sunday against a staunch Broncos run defense that ranked third during the regular season.

PJonathan Stewart
RB CAR (7)
6 months ago

Stewart (ankle) participated in Monday's practice, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The activity marked Stewart's first since the NFC championship game, but his level of participation was unknown as the Panthers aren't required to submit an injury report until Wednesday. If his appearance at practice is any indication, though, he's taking the first of necessary steps in his quest to play in Sunday's Super Bowl versus the Broncos.

PJonathan Stewart
RB CAR (7)
6 months ago

Stewart (ankle) is listed as questionable in advance of Super Bowl week, the Panthers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Stewart didn't take the practice field at all this week, which is no surprise due to the left foot issues that he's dealt with since Week 14. After ripping up the Seahawks and Cardinals for a combined 38 carries, 189 yards, and two touchdowns in the postseason to date, he should be set for Super Bowl 50 against the Broncos, even if his reps remain negligible next week.

PJonathan Stewart
RB CAR (7)
6 months ago

Stewart (ankle) was a non-participant in Wednesday's practice, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

With more than a week to prepare for the Super Bowl, there's no reason to push the envelope with Stewart, who has been dealing with foot issues since Week 14. Expect the workhorse back to ramp up his practice reps once the Panthers arrive in Santa Clara, CA.

PJonathan Stewart
RB CAR (7)
6 months ago

Stewart rushed for 83 yards on 19 carries and added five yards on two catches in Sunday's NFC championship win over Arizona.

EDGE Analysis

Despite the game going Carolina's way early on, Stewart's touches were split fairly evenly, with 11 in the first half and 10 in the second. It was the 10th time in Stewart's last 11 games that he touched the ball at least 20 times. He's topped 80 total yards nine times during that span. After dashing through an Arizona defense that ranked ninth in the league in yards per carry in 2015, Stewart will now take on a Denver unit that led the league in the category.

PJonathan Stewart
RB CAR (7)
6 months ago

Stewart (ankle) is active for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Cardinals, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Panthers exercised caution with their workhorse back, building up Stewart's practice reps to full capacity by week's end. However, he'll now take on Arizona's sixth-ranked run defense, which held opposing backs to 3.7 YPC and 10 total touchdowns during the season.

PJonathan Stewart
RB CAR (7)
6 months ago

Stewart (ankle) is listed as probable for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

Stewart, who did not take part in practice on Wednesday, returned to work Thursday, with the probable designation that arrived Friday affirming that the running back is clearly on track to play this weekend, on the heels of a 106-yard/two touchdown-effort (on 19 carries) in this past Sunday's 31-24 triumph over the Seahawks.

PJonathan Stewart
RB CAR (7)
6 months ago

Stewart (ankle) was limited at Thursday's practice, the Panthers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

We'll revisit the running back's status Friday, but the report notes that coach Ron Rivera has expressed confidence that Stewart will be good to go for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Cardinals.