Oct 28, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (28) is tackled by Chicago Bears free safety Chris Conte (47) during the second half at Soldier Field. The Bears beat the Panthers 23-22. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
The Carolina Panthers are looking to having better season but one of their running backs might not be ready for the start of training camp. That running back is Jonathan Stewart who has been a part of the two headed monster at running back with DeAngelo Williams for years in Carolina.
According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, he was informed by Panthers head coach Ron Rivera that Stewart is progressing after he had surgery on both of his ankles during the offseason but might not be ready for the start of training camp. This could be a blessing in disguise for both the Panthers and Stewart.
Last season, Stewart missed seven games due to injury but in his first four years in the NFL, he had only missed two games. Stewart’s injury hampered him so much last season that he had his lowest rushing numbers of his career. He would only go on to rush for 336 yards on 93 carries and one touchdown.
If Stewart can comeback fully healthy with the addition of DeAngelo Williams and fullback Mike Tolbert, the Carolina Panthers rushing attack could be one of the tops in the NFL this upcoming season.