Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 3 Months

Jonathan Stewart has been an active participant throughout the offseason program.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 4 Months

Jonathan Stewart is doing yoga and stretching more in an effort to improve his durability.

Over the last two seasons, Stewart has missed 17 games and averaged just 3.65 YPC when he's suited up while battling ankle and knee issues. He's still just 27 years old and expects to participate fully in late-May OTAs, so we're not throwing in the towel on such a talented natural runner just yet. But the presence of DeAngelo Williams and massive holes on the Panthers' offensive line keep the ceiling capped.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 6 Months

Jonathan Stewart had his 2014 base salary reduced from $1.5 million to $785,000.

It's unclear if the $715,000 difference was converted to a "signing" bonus to create a bit of additional cap space, or if Stewart took a straight pay cut. Either way, Stewart's roster spot isn't in jeopardy due to an enormous amount of dead money ($18.185 million) it would create if Stewart were to be released.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 8 Months

Updating a previous item, Jonathan Stewart's base salary spikes to $8.285 million and becomes fully guaranteed if the Panthers decline his $6.875 million offseason option bonus.

These running back contracts signed off on by former GM Marty Hurney continue to haunt the Panthers' franchise, even as "new" GM Dave Gettleman enters year two. Stewart is going to be back with Carolina in 2014. Gettleman would surely love for Stewart to take a pay cut, but J-Stew has leverage and there would be little or nothing the Panthers could do in the event Stewart balked.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 8 Months

The Panthers guaranteed Jonathan Stewart's $1.5 million base salary for 2014 when they reworked his contract in the 2013 offseason.

The base salary is only $1.5 million, however, and Stewart's $6.875 million option bonus doesn't appear to be guaranteed. $2.5 million of his $4.25 million salary in 2015 is additionally guaranteed. The bottom line for GM Dave Gettleman will be that Stewart is owed $8.375 million in 2014 salary and bonuses, and he isn't worth half that much at this stage of his career. He'll almost certainly have to accept a pay cut to stay in Carolina.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 8 Months

Jonathan Stewart (knee) said he felt little to no pain in the days leading up to Sunday's season-ending loss to the 49ers.

We're not going to say Stewart was a healthy scratch in the Divisional Round, but he appeared to be near 100 percent following his Week 14 knee sprain. The Panthers' decision to not dress him in the biggest game of the Cam Newton era speaks volumes. Starting the season on PUP and battling lower-body injuries once again, Stewart appeared in just six games, rushed 48 times for 180 yards (3.75 YPC) with no touchdowns in 2013. He carries a $6.875 option bonus in 2014, making him a candidate for a major pay cut.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 8 Months

Jonathan Stewart (knee) is inactive for Week 19 against the 49ers.

This comes as a surprise. Stewart tore his MCL in Week 14 and was expected to play after getting in a full week of practices. Instead, DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert will handle running-back duties with Cam Newton getting his share of looks. Stewart is day-to-day.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 8 Months

Jonathan Stewart (knee) is listed as questionable for the Divisional Round against San Francisco.

Stewart practiced fully all week and is expected to play. The Panthers' tailback committee should be fully intact for their first postseason game.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 8 Months

Jonathan Stewart (knee) reiterated that he expects to play Sunday against the 49ers.

Stewart practiced Wednesday. He's missed the past three games with a torn MCL and has a month to recover. Stewart will return to be part of the Panthers' three-headed committee in the backfield, teaming up with DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert. None of the three will be daily-league options. Stewart rushed for 41 yards against San Francisco in Week 10.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 8 Months

Jonathan Stewart (knee) is expected to return to practice on Wednesday.

Stewart has missed the last three games with a torn MCL, but is on track to suit up following Carolina's first-round bye. If active, he'll see limited touches behind DeAngelo Williams. The Panthers also expect to have Steve Smith (knee) back at practice next week.