| Stewart practices in full, probable for Sunday -- Fri Jan 22 10:55 am --|
Panthers' RB ready to roll
|Running back Jonathan Stewart (ankle), defensive tackle Dwan Edwards (foot) and running back Fozzy Whittaker (ankle) were full participants in Friday’s practice and are probable for the game. (Charlotte Observer)|
FF Today's Take: Stewart sprained his ankle last week and was limited on Thursday but is expected to start against Arizona in the NFC Championship game. Stewart leads all running backs in fantasy points during the playoffs thanks to his two-TD 106-yd effort against Seattle. He'll be an RB2 option behind David Johnson during championship week.
| RB Stewart expected to play Sunday -- Wed Jan 20 5:35 pm --|
Panthers being cautious with ankle injury
|The Carolina Panthers are taking necessary precaution with running back Jonathan Stewart.
Stewart did not take part in practice on Wednesday, three days after sustaining an ankle injury in second half of the Panthers' Divisional Round victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters the team expects Stewart to be ready for Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
FF Today's Take: Jonathan Stewart is a key cog in the Panthers' offense so it isn't surprising to see him being held out of practice following his first game action in over a month. HC Ron Rivera's vote of confidence in him playing this week should help ease concerns over the severity of Stewart's ankle injury and make Stewart one of the most attractive fantasy options heading into the weekend.
| Jonathan Stewart "tweaks" ankle -- Mon Jan 18 12:55 pm --|
Injury not related to previous foot sprain
|Coach Ron Rivera just told reporters that running back Jonathan Stewart came through yesterday’s game in good shape, and that the “tweak” he felt yesterday was his ankle being rolled up on rather than an aggravation of the foot sprain that kept him out of the last four weeks. (ProFootballTalk)|
FF Today's Take: An earlier report suggested that perhaps re-injured his sprained foot which kept him out of action since Week 14. Stewart led all fantasy running backs in the divisional round with 111 combined yards and two scores. He'll be a top option along with David Johnson on Sunday.
| No limitations for Jonathan Stewart -- Wed Jan 13 1:08 pm --|
Panthers' RB practices Wednesday
|Ron Rivera: No limitations on Jonathan Stewart. Full go. Stewart told me he does not believe he will be limited in any way on Sunday. (Joe Person on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The Panthers will have their starting running back in full capacity for the Divisional matchup against the Seahawks. Seattle has been tough against the run this season but Stewart posted a 20-78-2 line against them in Week 6. He's in the RB2 consideration in daily and playoff league formats.
| Jonathan Stewart expected to play -- Mon Jan 11 3:42 pm --|
|Panthers' RB Jonathan Stewart, who has missed past three games with a foot injury, is expected to play Sunday vs. Seattle, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Stewart last played in Week 14 but should be able to practice and play this barring any setback. Even with Cam Newton vulturing touchdowns, Stewart will be one of the safer running backs in the divisional round.
| Jonathan Stewart misses practice Thursday -- Thu Dec 31 12:30 pm --|
|Kurt Coleman practicing today. No Jonathan Stewart. (Joe Person on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: There was some hope that Stewart was going to practice this week and perhaps play in Week 17 but it appears he will be headed for the Inactive list on Sunday. If you're targeting a Panthers running back in Week 17, Cameron Artis-Payne is your man.
| Jonathan Stewarts sits Wednesday -- Wed Dec 30 11:09 am --|
|Kurt Coleman (foot), Ted Ginn (knee), Ryan Kalil (illness), Jonathan Stewart (foot) and Fozzy Whittaker (ankle) did not practice today. (Carolina Panthers on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The Panthers are practicing in wet conditions today so it's likely they held out a number of players as a precaution. Stewart has missed the last two games with a foot injury and has an outside chance of playing this week against the Bucs. We'll have more updates on his status later in the week.
| Jonathan Stewart (foot) could practice Wednesday -- Tue Dec 29 1:08 pm --|
Door still open for Panthers RB in Week 17
|Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn)on Twitter: "Panthers hopeful RB Jonathan Stewart returns for Week 17 from sprained foot. Ran well on treadmill and could practice Wednesday, per source" (Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: This is good news for Stewart owners hoping beyond hope for one final hurrah from the Panthers RB, but one day of limited practice doesn't make him a lock to start. Stay tuned. It's likely we'll see more Cameron Artis-Payne after his small scene-stealing role on Sunday.
| Jonathan Stewart ruled out for Week 16 -- Thu Dec 24 12:25 pm --|
Cameron Artis-Payne in play
|Rivera confirms that Jonathan Stewart won't play Sunday. (Bryan Strickland on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Cameron Artis-Payne is the Carolina running back to take a chance with if you're searching for help at the position. He's likely to share time and snaps with Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert but is the best bet among the three to get early-down work against the Falcons.
| Jonathan Stewart not practicing Tuesday -- Tue Dec 22 11:43 am --|
Panthers being cautious with injured RB
|Charlotte Observer reporter Jonathan Jones on Twitter: "No Jonathan Stewart as the practice horn blows" -- which leads us to believe the Panthers are being cautious with their No. 1 RB. (Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: He's not ready yet. Look for Cameron Artis-Payne to lead touches and Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert to help out in passing downs and at the goal line.
|Panthers to use RBBC with Stewart out -- Thu Dec 17 11:27 am --|
A situation to avoid in Week 15
|Rivera expects committee approach with RBs vs. Giants w/ Jonathan Stewart out. Tolbert, Fozzy and Artis-Payne all should get carries. (Joe Person on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Fozzy Whittaker may get the "start" but it's going to be difficult to trust him as anything more than FLEX play in Week 15. Don't be surprised if Cam Newton takes on more of the rushing load with Stewart out.
| Jonathan Stewart sits Wednesday -- Wed Dec 16 10:38 am --|
|No sign of Jonathan Stewart as media portion of practice ends. Greg Olsen and Charles Tillman are out here. A lot of vet days, per usual. (Max Henson on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Stewart injured his foot last week and may not see the practice field this week. Owners should monitor his progress throughout the week and have a Plan B in place. Rookie Cameron Artis-Payne and Fozzy Whittaker would likely form a committee if Stewart doesn't play.
| Jonathan Stewart diagnosed with sprained foot -- Tue Dec 15 9:38 am --|
Panthers likely to sit him out as precaution
|CharlotteObserver.com's Joe Person with another tweet on Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart: "Updating Panthers injuries: Jonathan Stewart has sprained foot. Status for this wk is unclear. Expect the team err on side of caution." (Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Person is just a wealth of information this morning. We concur that Carolina isn't likely to force the issue with Stewart, who they said would be handled with kid gloves down the stretch even before this latest injury. Both Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis-Payne are worth picking up, with the edge for better fantasy production leaning toward the more experienced Whittaker.
|Jonathan Stewart to see fewer carries? -- Thu Dec 3 7:30 pm --|
HC Ron Rivera will look for opportunities to keep his RB fresh
|Panthers HC Ron Rivera says he's going to try to find chances to spell Jonathan Stewart as Panthers head into stretch run. (Joe Person on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Although fantasy owners don't like the idea of one of the few remaining 20-carry backs seeing his carries reduced down the stretch, it makes sense given the team's standing in the NFC, Stewart's injury history and the fact so many of his carries are physical inside runs. Still, it is unlikely Stewart will lose more than 3-5 touches per game to Mike Tolbert or Cameron Artis-Payne, so any drop-off in fantasy should be minimal.