OUTJonathan Stewart
RB CAR (7)
1 day ago

Stewart (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Minnesota.

EDGE Analysis

This was merely a formality, as Stewart is expected to require a multi-week absence, leaving Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis-Payne as the top two options at running back. Mike Tolbert and Cam Newton will also help with the rushing workload, particularly near the goal line.

OUTJonathan Stewart
RB CAR (7)
2 days ago

Stewart (hamstring) is expected to be sidelined for multiple weeks, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Stewart has so far missed two practices since suffering a hamstring injury this past Sunday versus the 49ers. With rehab his primary motivation at the moment, the Panthers' backfield is certainly in some flux. In Stewart's stead, Fozzy Whittaker took on primary RB duties in Week 2, recording 16 carries for 100 yards and three receptions (on four targets) for 31 yards. A plurality of work was available to Whittaker due to Cameron Artis-Payne on the inactive list, but with the Panthers' hand forced, the duo is slated to split carries in some way, shape, or form for the foreseeable future.

OUTJonathan Stewart
RB CAR (7)
3 days ago

Stewart (hamstring) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Stewart is expected to log at last one or two DNPs due to a hamstring injury sustained in Week 2, so his lack of activity Wednesday comes as no surprise. While goal-line work will likely be the domain of quarterback Cam Newton and fullback Mike Tolbert in the interim, Fozzy Whittaker should otherwise be the primary RB threat, with Cameron Artis-Payne in reserve when a breather is required.

OUTJonathan Stewart
RB CAR (7)
5 days ago1 Comment

Stewart (hamstring) is anticipated to miss "at least a week or two", according to coach Ron Rivera, The Associated Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Stewart sustained a hamstring injury that forced him out early in Sunday's game against the 49ers. Although the veteran is having an MRI on Monday and those results have yet to be released, coach Rivera already deemed it likely he'll miss at least this Sunday's game against the Vikings. While Stewart's prognosis should be clarified relatively soon, it appears Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis-Payne are in line to lead the Panthers' backfield in the near future.

OUTJonathan Stewart
RB CAR (7)
5 days ago

Stewart's hamstring injury suffered Sunday is "a little bit" concerning, according to coach Ron Rivera.

EDGE Analysis

Stewart was forced out of Sunday's game during the first quarter, which left Fozzy Whittaker to rush for 100 yards in his absence, with fullback Mike Tolbert also helping the ground game. Although Stewart's prognosis is unclear at the moment, he entered Sunday's contest with a slight ankle ailment, which followed an offseason that included some reported foot pain. With a checked injury history as well, coach Rivera rightfully expressed his concern regarding Stewart, even though it's too soon to know what to expect regarding his upcoming availability. Rivera did mention, though, that second-year tailback Cameron Artis-Payne should join Whittaker and Tolbert in seeing increased opportunities if Stewart is limited further by Sunday's hamstring problem.

OUTJonathan Stewart
RB CAR (7)
6 days ago

Stewart (hamstring) didn't return to Sunday's eventual win against the 49ers.

EDGE Analysis

After tending to an ankle issue in advance of the contest, Stewart's day was cut short due to a hamstring injury. Logging his last touch at the 6:01 mark of the first quarter, he finished with five carries for nine yards and two receptions for seven yards. In his stead, Fozzy Whittaker picked up the slack with 13 rushes for 91 yards and three catches for 31 yards, while Mike Tolbert also handled nine totes for 25 yards. If Stewart's affliction impacts his practice participation this week, the preceding breakdown of reps could be replicated in the short term.

OUTJonathan Stewart
RB CAR (7)
6 days ago

Stewart suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday's matchup with the 49ers and is questionable to return.

EDGE Analysis

Stewart was questionable heading into the game as he has been nursing an ankle injury all week, but it is now his hamstring that is giving him issues. The center-piece of the Panthers rushing attack, Stewart's absence leaves the team with Fozzy Whittaker as the only active running back, in addition to Mike Tolbert at fulllback. Look for more updates to come once Stewart returns from the locker room.

OUTJonathan Stewart
RB CAR (7)
6 days ago

Stewart (ankle) is listed as active Sunday against the 49ers, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Despite logging a full practice to conclude Week 2 prep, Stewart was designated as questionable for this contest. Head coach Ron Rivera nonetheless stated his expectation that Stewart would play, and the running back is apparently dealing with no "ill effects" from his injury suffered in the season opener, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Consequently, Stewart should be ready to handle his typical workload, which equated to 20-plus touches in 11 of 16 games (including playoffs) last season.

OUTJonathan Stewart
RB CAR (7)
6 days ago

Stewart (ankle/questionable) is "ready to go" Sunday against the 49ers, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

EDGE Analysis

Stewart, who the report suggests is "feeling no ill effects" as a result of his ankle issue, is thus on track to head the Carolina backfield in Week 2, a notion that is in line to confirmed by his anticipated active status for Sunday's game.

OUTJonathan Stewart
RB CAR (7)
1 week ago

Stewart (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers, but coach Ron Rivera expects him to play, The Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Stewart's workload was intentionally limited both Wednesday and Thursday, but the veteran went through a full practice session Friday. As a result, it's expected that he'll play in Sunday's home opener against the 49ers. With the Panthers clear about their intention to keep Stewart fresh for the long haul, it wouldn't be surprising if his practice level is carefully managed throughout the season.