Stewart lost four yards on eight rushes and failed to catch his two targets in Thursday night's 28-23 loss to the Eagles. Stewart endured a dreadful performance, with his negative four yards marking the lowest in his 122 career games. While Philadelphia's run defense has proved unyielding thus far, the veteran also dropped a screen pass to start the second half, resulting in an interception deep in Panthers territory. At 30 years old, the short week could've hurt Stewart's preparation, but with an average of just 2.9 yards per carry and zero rushing touchdowns through six weeks, it's worth wondering how much the previously productive Stewart can still offer.
Stewart (ankle) wasn't given a designation for Thursday's game versus the Eagles, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports. In past weeks, Stewart was held out of practice as a veteran rest day of sorts, but the running back actually was held out of Monday's session due to an ankle injury. He progressed from that absence to a full practice Wednesday, paving the way to an active status on a short week. He'll thus face an Eagles defense that has allowed 93.4 yards from scrimmage per game and four touchdowns to running backs this season.
Stewart (ankle) was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports. Despite what his ugly showing on the ground (18 carries for 21 yards) in Sunday's win over the Lions might have suggested, Stewart's ankle injury doesn't look to be a major concern, as the Panthers are likely just limiting the veteran running back's workload due to the quick turnaround between games. It's still expected that Stewart will suit up and start Thursday against the Eagles, though he could see his workload take a hit as the season progresses if rookie first-round pick Christian McCaffrey proves deserving of an expanded role.
Stewart (ankle) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's injury report, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports. Stewart was held to 21 yards on 18 carries in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Lions, but there was no real reason to believe an injury played a role in his performance. He apparently came out of the game with some soreness, though Monday's injury report was merely an estimation as the Panthers didn't actually practice. There won't be much cause for concern so long as Stewart practices in some capacity Tuesday.
Stewart rushed 18 times for 21 yards and brought in all three of his targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Lions. The veteran running back ran into a brick wall on the ground but managed a bit more success through the air, notching season-best reception and receiving yardage totals. Stewart had averaged 4.8 and 4.9 yards per carry, respectively, over the prior two games, so Sunday's result appears to have been the byproduct of an elite performance by the Lions' defensive front. Stewart still appears to retain a consistent role in the Panthers backfield (between 12 and 18 carries in each game this season) but has yet to find the end zone, as the bulk of team's recent scoring has come through the air. He'll look to better his overall production against the Eagles in a Week 6 showdown on Thursday Night Football.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|8||10/29||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||18||17.40|
|12||11/26||@New York Jets||29||20.67|
|13||12/03||@New Orleans Saints||15||16.40|
|15||12/17||Green Bay Packers||25||19.67|
|16||12/24||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||18||17.40|
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|3 Year Avg||212||874||6||16||113||1||136|