Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 16 Days

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.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 16 Days

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.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 18 Days

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.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 19 Days

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.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 21 Days

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.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 21 Days

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.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 22 Days

Stewart (knee) was a limited participant in practice Thursday.

Stewart's return to drills was somewhat unexpected, but his two-game absence as a result of a sprained right knee could soon be behind him. His ability to play Sunday at Cincinnati is contingent upon how he feels Friday and Saturday, at which point he'll presumably have put in two practices. As a result, a game-time decision seems to be a possible scenario, but DeAngelo Williams (ankle) continued absence lends to a decent number of touches for an active Stewart.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 22 Days

Stewart (knee) was in pads during Thursday's practice, Joe Person of the Associated Press reports.

There's no word yet on Stewart's practice participation, but the development is certainly an encouraging one for the Panthers' battered backfield. Fellow back Darrin Reaves (hip) joined Stewart on the practice field, leaving just DeAngelo Williams (ankle) and his walking boot on the sideline. The situation should receive further clarity as the week unfolds, but if all but Williams are cleared for action Sunday in Cincinnati, Stewart holds the most sway in fantasy circles.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 25 Days

Stewart (knee) is closer to returning from injury than teammate DeAngelo Williams.

Stewart practiced in a limited capacity last Wednesday, but did not suit up the rest of week and was inactive for Sunday's game versus Chicago. As a result, Stewart enters this week as questionable in advance of Sunday's game in Cincinnati. Nonetheless, coach Ron Rivera revealed Monday that Stewart is closer to returning from his sprained knee than fellow running back DeAngelo Williams is from his high ankle sprain. Expect Stewart's status to be updated throughout this week.

Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 26 Days

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

Stewart had been listed as doubtful, so this deactivation comes as no surprise. With both Stewart and DeAngelo Williams out, the Panthers plan to unveil a three-man committee at running back, with Darrin Reaves, Fozzy Whittaker and Chris Ogbannaya splitting caries early to see if a "hot hand" emerges.