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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.

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Jonathan Stewart (knee) is participating in the Panthers' walkthrough Wednesday.

It's a sign that Stewart is at least tentatively on track to suit up following the Panthers' first-round bye. He hasn't played since tearing his MCL in Week 14. If active, Stewart would come off the bench for a fistful of touches behind DeAngelo Williams.

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Jonathan Stewart (knee) and Steve Smith (knee) are inactive for Sunday's Week 17 game against the Falcons.

No surprise here. The Panthers will have to try to clinch a first-round bye without two of their top offensive playmakers. Ted Ginn starts in place of Smith as a boom-or-bust WR4, and DeAngelo Williams is a good bet for 13-18 touches. The rest of the Panthers inactives: DT Colin Cole, WR Tavarres King, CB Josh Norman, LB Dan Connor and G Travis Bond.

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Jonathan Stewart (knee) did not practice Tuesday.

Stewart isn't going to play this week, but has a chance to return for the playoffs. DeAngelo Williams will continue to handle lead back duties, with Mike Tolbert in a short-yardage role.

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Jonathan Stewart is not expected to play until Week 17 at the earliest.

Stewart isn't practicing Wednesday as he rehabs his torn MCL. The Panthers would be wise to let him rest up and try to get close to 100 percent for the first round of the playoffs. DeAngelo Williams gets a boost ahead of this week's game against the Saints.

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Jonathan Stewart (torn MCL) will be reevaluated Wednesday.

The Panthers are hoping to get Stewart back for Week 17, but a more realistic goal is probably the playoffs. "Who knows? Some say 2-4 weeks, some say 4-6 weeks," Stewart said. "You Google it and it says 4-6 weeks. I don't know." DeAngelo Williams will lead the Panthers backfield in touches through the fantasy playoffs.

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The Panthers have confirmed that Jonathan Stewart has a torn MCL.

The team is reportedly "holding out hope" that J-Stew will be back for Week 17, but that's not going to happen. Carolina will almost certainly focus on getting Stewart ready for the postseason. Even that won't be a guarantee. DeAngelo Williams will resume lead-back duties, with bowling ball Mike Tolbert handling goal-line and short-yardage situations. Neither will be more than a desperation FLEX option for the final two weeks of the fantasy playoffs. J-Stew can be safely dropped.

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The Panthers are holding out hope Jonathan Stewart (MCL) will return in Week 17.

Stewart can be comfortably dropped in 12-team fantasy leagues, not that he had much value in the first place. He's definitely out for Weeks 15-16. The Panthers fear Stewart's MCL is torn, but apparently have info indicating he could rest and rehab the injury, and only miss two weeks. DeAngelo Williams will return to lead back duties, losing red-zone work to vulture Mike Tolbert.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Panthers believe Jonathan Stewart tore his MCL in Sunday's Week 14 loss to New Orleans.

The ligament tear would likely end Stewart's season, assuming it's confirmed via Monday's MRI. The Panthers played the Saints on Sunday Night Football, so confirmation probably can't be expected until tonight at the soonest. Stewart has rushed 48 times for 180 yards (3.8 YPC) and no touchdowns this season as a committee backfield partner with DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert.

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According to the Charlotte Observer, the knee injury Jonathan Stewart sustained on Sunday night is serious.