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Stewart (knee) rushed for 55 yards on 14 carries and caught one pass (on two targets) for 12 yards in Sunday's loss to the Packers.

Stewart ended his three-week absence by starting Sunday's game, but found little real estate in the Panthers' running game. Furthermore, with Carolina trailing by multiple scores early on, the Panthers opted to throw more often, somewhat limiting Stewart's touches. However, despite coming off an injury spell, Stewart looked perfectly healthy and ran hard Sunday, an encouraging development for fantasy owners. With the Panthers' backfield still banged-up, a fit Stewart offers good fantasy value as the team's featured ball-carrier.

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Stewart (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Stewart is back in the saddle after sitting out three consecutive games, and the Panthers will welcome him back with open arms after watching the running game struggle during his absence. Coach Ron Rivera said Stewart will be the starter, but if the Panthers choose to ease him back into action in his first game back, Chris Ogbonnaya and Darrin Reaves could get some carries as well.

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Coach Ron Rivera said Stewart (knee) will start Sunday against Green Bay, the Panthers' official site reports.

Stewart is finally healthy enough to return after missing three consecutive games, and the Panthers will be happy to have him back after their three-headed replacement backfield accomplished very little in his absence. The Packers have arguably the worst run defense in the league, but keep in mind that the Panthers may ease Stewart back into action, so don't count on him getting 20-plus carries.

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After practicing fully Wednesday, Stewart (knee) indicated that he expects to play, and start Sunday's game against the Packers, the Charlotte Observer reports.

To that end, Stewart continued to practice Thursday, and barring any setbacks, he looks poised to draw a probable designation Friday and return to the Panthers' backfield mix Sunday, after a three-week absence. With DeAngelo Williams still hurting, and both Fozzy Whittaker and Darrin Reaves banged up as well, we suspect that the Panthers will be inclined to give Stewart as much work as his knee can handle this weekend.

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Stewart (knee) expects to play this Sunday versus the Packers.

Stewart was dressed in full pads for Wednesday's practice and took all the reps he was scheduled for, indicating Stewart is in good standing to end his three-game sideline spell. If that proves to happen, the Panthers would finally have a proven running back to turn to, likely relegating Darrin Reaves (calf) and Fozzy Whittaker (quadriceps) to their usual reserve roles.

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Stewart (knee) was donning full pads at practice Wednesday, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Despite fitting in two limited practices to conclude last week, Stewart was deemed inactive for a third game in a row Sunday at Cincinnati. His likely full participation in drills Wednesday is encouraging to note, as the Panthers would have a viable RB option to include in the rushing attack Sunday in Green Bay for the first time in weeks. However, after a dubious start to the season, the Packers have held opposing backfields to less than 100 yards rushing in back-to-back contests, which could once again cap the potential of Carolina running backs.

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Stewart (knee) could return to full participation at Wednesday's practice.

Stewart has not played since spraining his left knee in Week 3, but has practiced in a limited capacity for parts of the past two weeks. After being scratched in a game-time decision over the weekend, Stewart could return in full for practice this week, which would put him in good standing to play Sunday versus the Packers. As a result, Stewart's status should be monitored throughout this week, especially considering the Panthers' dire situation at running back.

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Stewart (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Stewart will miss a third consecutive game, leaving the Panthers to once again turn to a three-man committee of Darrin Reaves, Fozzy Whittaker and Chris Ogbonnaya.

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Stewart (knee) was limited in practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Cincinnati, the Panthers' official site reports.

If Stewart is able to play Sunday - he is considered a game-time decision - coach Ron Rivera said Stewart would receive the majority of the carries. That kind of clarity would be nice given the recent turbulence on the running back depth chart, but we won't know for sure until we see the inactives on Sunday morning. For what it's worth, Rivera said Stewart had a really good day of practice Friday, calling it Stewart's best day of work in the last few weeks. If he does play, he has a chance to make some noise against a struggling Bengals run defense.

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Stewart (knee) suited up for Friday's practice, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer.

Stewart did not take part in Wednesday's practice, but he will have a chance to play in Week 6 after taking part in the final two practices of the week. Expect an update on Stewart's status when the Panthers release their injury report Friday afternoon.