It has been a disappointing offseason for Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart to say the least. After missing seven games in 2012 due to nagging injuries, the veteran underwent surgery on each of his ankles this offseason.
For a player entering his sixth season in the NFL, having injuries to both ankles will certainly hold him back. In fact, it was reported last week that Stewart will likely not be ready for the start of training camp.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Stewart reportedly had to withdraw from a charity golf tournament over the weekend because of ankle soreness.
You can’t make something like that up.
Yahoo! Sports’ Brad Evans tweeted out the details on Tuesday:
Jonathan Stewart was forced to withdraw from charity golf tournament due to ankle soreness. Bad sign when you can't even hack 18.
— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) July 16, 2013
For a player the Panthers desperately need this season, Stewart’s offseason has shown no signs of promise.
If he can’t play a round of golf without his ankle giving him problems, is there any realistic chance he will be able to play all 16 games this season?
Odds are that Stewart is in for an up-and-down season, which will likely include a weekly appearances on the injury report all season long.