Stewart rushed 11 times for 27 yards and caught his lone target for nine yards in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Packers.
Stewart didn't do much to follow up last Sunday's 103-yard, three-touchdown outing, but considering he entered Week 15 with nine games of under 50 rushing yards, fantasy owners shouldn't be that surprised by his performance. If anything, Stewart's three-week touchdown streak should've been what fueled expectations of him, but the veteran couldn't extend that stretch either. A reliable commodity from a usage standpoint -- as Stewart has been handed double-digit carries in all but one game this season -- the 30-year-old will now prepare for next Sunday's visit from the Buccaneers.
Stewart rushed 16 times for 103 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Vikings.
Stewart started the practice week with foot and ankle soreness, but those issues didn't stop him from turning back the clock to produce a vintage performance Sunday. The 30-year-old set it off with a 60-yard touchdown on the Panthers' first offensive drive, marking his longest run in over three years, then quickly followed with a more common one-yard plunge on Carolina's next series. After the Vikings tied the game in the fourth quarter, Stewart put an exclamation point on his day by scoring another one-yarder to clinch victory with under two minutes remaining. Overall, Stewart not only topped 100 rushing yards for just the second time this season, but he also scored three rushing touchdowns for the first time in 129 career regular-season appearances. While that evidences the extent of Stewart's improbable outburst -- which came against one of the league's elite defenses, no less -- Stewart's fantasy owners can take added satisfaction knowing he's now found the end zone in three straight outings.
Stewart (foot) was a full practice participant Thursday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
The Panthers have been deliberate with their usage of Stewart and Christian McCaffrey this season. Due to his varied skill set, McCaffrey has earned 68.4 percent of the offensive snaps, seeing 12.2 combined touches per game. Meanwhile, Stewart's share is 40.1 percent of the snaps on offense, which has translated to an average of 13.7 carries per. Despite his health not a question mark for Sunday's game, he'll find the going tough against the Vikings' second-ranked run defense.
Foot concerns have plagued Stewart in the past, but his return to drills Thursday is a step in the right direction to avoid any missed time. Aside from a 40-snap workload Week 5, his snap count has ranged from 21 to 29 in every other game this season, during which he's averaged 13.7 carries for 44.3 yards per game while scoring four combined touchdowns in 12 contests. Meanwhile, rookie Christian McCaffrey has received the larger share of backfield reps but primarily acted as a pass catcher. With their roles clearly defined, Stewart will continue to receive most of the work on the ground, assuming his health checks out by game day.
Stewart isn't practicing Wednesday due to foot and ankle injuries, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Stewart took 11 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-21 loss to the Saints, with his final touch of the day coming on the second snap after halftime. He was nicked up by the lower-body injury along the way, but his lack of playing time in the second half presumably had more to do with game context, as the Panthers relied on pass-catching threat Christian McCaffrey out of the backfield while trying to erase a multi-score deficit. Even if the ankle injury isn't significant, Stewart could see similarly limited usage against a 10-2 Minnesota team that surrenders only 3.5 yards per carry and 77.7 rushing yards per game.
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