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|Last season’s injury to Kelvin Benjamin forced the team to rely on a questionable supporting cast in the passing game. The same might be true of the running game for Carolina in 2016. Jonathan Stewart can be great when healthy, but lingering injury concerns this preseason continue to cloud J-Stew’s fantasy outlook. After missing time to a sprained foot and aggravating the injury not once but twice during the playoff stretch, the Panthers’ top rusher is being limited during OTAs. Most teams take a cautious approach with injuries during the preseason but perhaps the injury may not be fully healed or is at risk of being an ongoing issue. In case you have forgotten, the former first-round pick in 2008 has only played 16 games once in the past six seasons. It can be argued that there isn’t “competition” for carries in Carolina but options for a RBBC rotation seems almost inevitable.
| Stewart, Newton practice on Thursday|
Panthers should have starting QB and RB in Week 6
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Oct 13, 12:00 pm
|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)|
FFToday'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 |
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Oct 7, 9:00 am
|Cam Newton and left tackle Michael Oher are expected to miss Monday night’s game against Tampa Bay as they remain in the NFL’s 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)|
FFToday'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|
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Sep 19, 12:45 pm
|Panthers coach Ron Rivera indicates Jonathan Stewart’s 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)|
FFToday'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.