The Carolina Panthers have listed running back Jonathan Stewart as questionable for Thursday night’s game against the defending Super Bowl champs, the New York Giants. Stewart is a game-time decision, and Joseph Person also notes that Stewart did not play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a similar situation.
The Panthers are looking to knock-off another top team after defeating the rival New Orleans Saints 35-27 after losing the opener 16-10 to the Bucs on the road. Stewart is dealing with ankle and toe issues, which are related according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Despite not being fully healthy in Week 2, Stewart still managed to rush for 51 yards on 11 carries, and he also added a touchdown on a 17-yard screen pass that was terrific highlight-reel material. You couldn’t even tell that Stewart was coming off of a sprained ankle injury.
Rivera told The Charlotte Observer that the short week has indeed negatively affected Stewart’s chances of playing tomorrow, “It’s one those things where if we’re playing on Sunday, he’s got a much, much better chance than he does if we’re playing on Thursday. He came out and it was still a little stiff, a little bit sore. They’re going to continue to work it out and see how he is.”
I don’t mean to sound cynical, but I don’t think we’ll be seeing Stewart playing tomorrow. I hope he is, but the short week really doesn’t play in his favor.
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