Coach Ron Rivera said X-rays were negative and Stewart apparently has a sprained ankle. Rivera was quick to say Stewart will not play in Thursday’s preseason finale against Pittsburgh, but the Panthers still don’t know the full extent of his injury.
I’m sure the training staff will be working to get a better sense of the injury as the Sept. 9 start of the regular season approaches.
But the prospect of being without Stewart for a longer period is not something the Panthers want to face. They gave Stewart a five-year, $36.5 million contract a few weeks ago and coordinator Rob Chudzinski has a plan to use all three running backs extensively.
In a best-case scenario, Stewart’s injury isn’t severe and he can rest the ankle in the coming days and be ready for the season opener.