Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart Placed On PUP List
By Adam Hurst
The Carolina Panthers placed RB Jonathan Stewart on the regular-season physically unable to perform list (PUP), according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. The running back had planned to see a foot specialist on Tuesday to examine his right ankle, and word is out that the doctor came to a decision on the surgically repaired ankle, which ultimately led to the team’s decision to place Stewart on the PUP list, requiring him to miss the first six weeks of the season.
Stewart, who missed the entire preseason, hasn’t been right since last November when he suffered a high ankle sprain against the Philadelphia Eagles. However, with DeAngelo Williams still on the roster, not to mention elusive superstar QB Cam Newton and his ability to run, don’t expect Carolina to be hurt in the run game by Stewart’s absence.
Supplanting Stewart on the depth chart will be the rookie out of Oregon, Kenjon Barner. Stewart, who has played all six seasons with Carolina, has been strong for them in stretches, but has dealt with a string of injuries throughout his career. The backs’ time in Carolina might be running out.