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|When Stewart gets a chance to run the ball, he looks good (career average of 4.9 yards per carry). He just doesnít get a chance to run it enough (career low 142 carries last season). In 2011, Stewart split carries with DeAngelo Williams in the Panthers backfield but both players were behind quarterback Cam Newton in terms of getting short yardage work. If that situation wasnít bad enough, the Panthers backfield got even more crowded in the off-season with the acquisition of former Charger Mike Tolbert, who was a TD vulture in San Diego, scoring 21 times over the past two seasons and caught 54 passes in 2011. His presence will make it difficult for Stewart to match his production from last season Ė five total touchdowns, 761 rushing yards to go along with career-highs in receptions (47) and receiving yards (413). While Stewart is a solid player entering his contract year, he shapes up as no better than a mid-tier to low end RB3 this season with little upside barring an injury in the Panthers backfield.
| Stewart, Newton practice on Thursday -- Thu Oct 13 12:00 pm --|
Panthers should have starting QB and RB in Week 6
|The fact that Cam is back out here after his most vigorous exercise in a week and a half is a good sign for Sunday for sure. (Joe Person on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Cam Newton and Jonathan Stewart were at practice for the Panthers on Thursday indicating there are on track to play in Week 6 against the Saints. The Saints porous defense makes Newton an easy QB1 and Stewart a viable RB2.
| Cam Newton expected to miss Week 5 -- Fri Oct 7 9:00 am --|
|Cam Newton and left tackle Michael Oher are expected to miss Monday nightís game against Tampa Bay as they remain in the NFLís concussion protocol.
Carolina also will likely be without No. 1 cornerback James Bradberry (turf toe), running back Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) and defensive tackle Vernon Butler (high ankle sprain). (Charlotte Observer)|
FF Today's Take: The Panthers don't play until Monday night so the possibility exists that Newton could be cleared in time but for now, Derek Anderson should be the expected starter. Anderson will be a worthwhile QB streamer going up a Bucs defense that's giving up 300-yard passing days to Matt Ryan and Carson Palmer.
| Jonathan Stewart expected to miss 1-2 weeks -- Mon Sep 19 12:45 pm --|
|Panthers coach Ron Rivera indicates Jonathan Stewartís hamstring injury will cause the team to go with a backfield by committee, but left open the possibility of signing a free agent back if Stewart is out an extended period. (Charlotte Observer)|
FF Today's Take: Stewart suffered a hamstring in Week 2 and will likely miss a game or two according to head coach Ron Rivera. Fozzy Whittaker replaced Stewart and rushed for 100 yards on 16 carries. Cameron Artis-Payne has been a healthy scratch the last two weeks but will likely be active for Week 3 and form a committee with Whittaker.