Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart to miss at least 6 weeks
Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart, a former standout at Timberline High in Lacey, will miss at least the first six weeks of the season because of an ankle injury.
The Associated Press and The Charlotte Observer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart will miss at least the first six weeks of the season because of an ankle injury.
The former standout for Timberline High School in Lacey was placed on the physically unable to perform list by the Panthers, who host the Seahawks on Sept. 8 in the regular-season opener for both teams.
NFL rules stipulate Stewart can’t practice or play for at least six weeks. Because Carolina has a bye in the fourth week, there is a chance Stewart can return after missing the first five games and play Oct. 20 against St. Louis.
Stewart, 26, has not played or practiced since reinjuring his right ankle in November against Philadelphia. He underwent surgery on both ankles during the offseason, including an arthroscopic procedure to remove loose bodies in his right ankle – the one still giving him trouble.
“I can spend all my energy being disappointed, or spend all my energy preparing myself,” Stewart said Tuesday.
Stewart, who played college ball at Oregon, signed a five-year, $36.5 million contract extension last year. He restructured the deal during the offseason, making a slight adjustment to help the Panthers’ salary-cap position in future years.
Stewart met Tuesday with Panthers team doctor Robert Anderson, a nationally known foot and ankle surgeon. Stewart said he still feels pain in the ankle.
“Our doctors and trainers have been going at it, figuring things out – solutions here and there,” Stewart said. “We’ve put a lot of brainpower behind it.”
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