Stewart gained 29 yards on 12 carries and scored a rushing touchdown, while securing one of two targets for a loss of one yard in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl loss to the Broncos. The eight-year veteran, who endured foot and ankle ailments late in the season and postseason, avoided serious injury in the first quarter after his left leg was trapped under several players following a run and he was momentarily bent backward at an awkward angle. Stewart limped off the field and returned late in the period, eventually diving into the end zone from one-yard out early in the second quarter to close out a nine-play, 73-yard drive. The 28-year-old otherwise found tough sledding on the ground against a ferocious Denver front that yielded little on the day. Although his season concluded with a thud, Stewart gave the Panthers reason to believe he is capable of carrying out the feature back role effectively, gaining 989 yards and six touchdowns on the ground in 13 regular season contests.
Stewart (ankle) wasn't listed on the Panthers' injury report Wednesday. Stewart didn't log a single practice rep in the first week of Super Bowl prep, but upon his arrival in Santa Clara, CA, he's been given the all-clear to proceed as normal. Including the postseason, he's notched 1,178 yards at a clip of 4.2 YPC, while reaching the end zone nine times in 15 games. He'll attempt to keep up the pace Sunday against a staunch Broncos run defense that ranked third during the regular season.
Stewart (ankle) participated in Monday's practice, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports. The activity marked Stewart's first since the NFC championship game, but his level of participation was unknown as the Panthers aren't required to submit an injury report until Wednesday. If his appearance at practice is any indication, though, he's taking the first of necessary steps in his quest to play in Sunday's Super Bowl versus the Broncos.
Stewart (ankle) is listed as questionable in advance of Super Bowl week, the Panthers' official site reports. Stewart didn't take the practice field at all this week, which is no surprise due to the left foot issues that he's dealt with since Week 14. After ripping up the Seahawks and Cardinals for a combined 38 carries, 189 yards, and two touchdowns in the postseason to date, he should be set for Super Bowl 50 against the Broncos, even if his reps remain negligible next week.
Stewart (ankle) was a non-participant in Wednesday's practice, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports. With more than a week to prepare for the Super Bowl, there's no reason to push the envelope with Stewart, who has been dealing with foot issues since Week 14. Expect the workhorse back to ramp up his practice reps once the Panthers arrive in Santa Clara, CA.
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