Panthers don't know when Jonathan Stewart will return to practice

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Jonathan Stewart, right, still hasn't been on the practice field. (Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com)
Jonathan Stewart, right, still hasn't been on the practice field. ( Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com)

Five months after the Panthers decided to keep running back duo Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams on the team together, despite paying them a combined fortune, Williams is taking the first-team reps and Stewart still hasn't been seen at practice.

That's because Stewart continues to have ankle problems, and a source told CBSSports.com's Dave Richard that the team doesn't know when he'll return to the practice field.

Stewart is on the Physically Unable to Perform list, and he'll stay there for the time being. In fact, the team has “no idea” when he'll be ready to come off it.

"It could be any day or it could carry on into the regular season," the source told Richard.

Stewart had offseason surgery on both ankles, but for some reason, the left ankle is healing while the right ankle continues to struggle.

“It's real difficult for the fact that you don't want to be sitting, standing around during training camp watching guys get reps,” Stewart said earlier this month. “You got to take things from the mental perspective because that's all you can really do when you're limited. And just missing out on being part of the team, sometimes you feel left out when you're not participating.

“Those are things I've dealt and we've got a good team and good group of guys that rally around each other, so I'm very fortunate.”

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