Stewart amassed 68 yards on 21 carries and reeled in three catches for nine yards in Thursday's 33-14 win over the Cowboys. Stewart's volume in the running game has been about as it consistent as it gets in the league, as he finished with between 20 and 24 carries for the seventh consecutive week. However, his 3.2 yards per carry went down as his second-lowest mark of the season, and he was denied a touchdown in both of the Panthers' red zone opportunities. While Thursday's effort was a rather pedestrian one by Stewart's standards, he's still a weekly must-play in just about any league due to his steady workload.
Stewart carried 21 times for 102 yards in Sunday's game against the Redskins. He also turned his only target into a 12-yard touchdown reception in the blowout win. The Panthers utilized the veteran to help grind down the clock after jumping out to a large lead, and he responded with his second 100-yard game of the season. Stewart also caught his first touchdown pass of the season, and he has now found the end zone five times in his last six games after failing to do so in the first four. Stewart is the unquestioned workhorse out of the Panthers backfield, and he will face a Cowboys defense on Thanksgiving that has been very susceptible to opposing running backs this season.
Stewart rushed for 91 yards on 22 carries Sunday in Tennessee, and was not targeted in the passing game. Stewart picked up his second-highest rushing total of the season, and broke the 20-carry mark for the fifth straight contest. The undefeated Panthers continue to rely heavily on Stewart and the running game, making him a good bet to receive a decent workload every week. He's starting to take advantage of the bevy of touches, recording four touchdowns in the past five weeks after failing to find pay dirt in his first four appearances.
Stewart (ankle) is active Sunday against the Titans. Stewart was limited Wednesday and Thursday before putting in a full showing Friday, so he'll slot into his regular starting spot with the hope of getting some more touches near the goal line ahead of quarterback Cam Newton, who leads the team with five carries inside the five-yard line.
Stewart (ankle) is listed as probable for Sunday's game in Tennessee. Stewart was a full practice participant Friday, following limited sessions Wednesday and Thursday. Head coach Ron Rivera did say Thursday that the running back is still bothered by soreness in his ankle, but there hasn't been any indication that the injury will limit Stewart's workload.
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