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Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.  He didn't practice all week and will be sidelined a few more weeks if he's truly dealing with a high-ankle sprain.  In the meantime, RB DeAngelo Williams will step in as Carolina's lead back.  He's a RB2 candidate in a matchup with Kansas City's 23rd-ranked RB defense tomorrow.

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) didn't practice all week and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.  He's dealing with a high-ankle sprain and will likely miss another 2-3 games beyond this weekend's.  DeAngelo Williams will step in as Carolina's lead back.  That makes him a RB2 candidate in fantasy.

Updating a previous item, Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart has been diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain.  That will pretty much make him useless for the rest of the fantasy season.  J-Stew can be dropped in redraft leagues.  DeAngelo Williams will step in as Carolina's lead back, likely seeing about 15 touches per game.  Although he's averaging just 3.2 yards per carry this season, there's still plenty of talent here.  Williams is on the RB2 radar.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera confirmed that RB Jonathan Stewart injured his ankle in Monday night's win over the Eagles.  “It’s sore and we’ll see how he reacts to treatment,” Rivera said.  It appeared to be Stewart's right ankle that was tweaked, but he was seen icing both after the game.  Hopefully we'll get more details after an MRI today.  RB DeAngelo Williams will be looking at 15+ touches if J-Stew misses Week 13.

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart limped off the field on Monday night with an ankle injury.  His return was called questionable, but J-Stew never got back on the field.  He'll undergo an MRI on Tuesday.  We'll pass along an updae when we get one.  RB DeAngelo Williams would hop back onto the fantasy radar if Stewart misses time.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera named Jonathan Stewart his starting RB for Sunday's game against the Bears.  It's more confirmation than news.  Last week, J-Stew played 58 of 65 offensive snaps and finished with 13 touches.  RB DeAngelo Williams was on the field for just 5 snaps and touched it twice.  Despite a tough matchup, Stewart can be used as a low-end RB2 this week.  Williams should be glued to fantasy benches.

The Panthers are planning on shifting back to "more of a traditional running attack," according to insider Joe Person.  That means less zone-read and more power running sets, Person says.  Those zone-read looks that were so effective last season have been snuffed out by opposing defenses this year.  A power running offense would likely feature RB Jonathan Stewart, who looked like Carolina's clear lead back last week.  He played 58 snaps, comparead to just 5 for DeAngelo Williams.   J-Stew's arrow seems to be pointing up, while Williams' is heading in the opposite direction.  QB Cam Newton could also see a few less carries per game with the change in philosophy. 

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Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) is inactive for tonight’s matchup with the Giants. DeAngelo Williams will now handle lead back duties, cementing his RB2 status.

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart is considered a game-time decision for Thursday night's clash with the Giants.  He's listed on the injury report with that ankle, plus a new toe issue.  On a short week, J-Stew will be operating at far less than 100% even if he's active.  We'd keep him on fantasy benches this week.  RB DeAngelo Williams moves up into low-end RB2 territory.

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) put in a limited practice on Wednesday.  HC Ron Rivera said J-Stew looked good and confirmed that he's on track to make his 2012 debut this Sunday against the Saints.  After RB DeAngelo Williams' abysmal performance in the opener, Stewart could immediately take over as the team's lead back.  He's a high-end RB3 or flex option.

As expected, Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) is inactive for today's game against the Bucs.  RB DeAngelo Williams will serve as the lead back and should be good 20+ touches.  Get him into fantasy lineups.

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart revealed via Twitter that he won't play against the Bucs today.  No surprise here.  J-Stew was listed as questionable but never seemed likely to play after missing practice all week.  RB DeAngelo Williams will serve as Carolina's workhorse and should see around 20 total touches.  Beat writer Joseph Person also confirms that RB Mike Tolbert is expected to see a bigger workload with Stewart out.  We'd still only consider Tolbert for a RB3 or flex spot though.

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) missed practice again on Friday.  He's listed as questionable but seems unlikely to play against the Bucs on Sunday.  He's not a fantasy option regardless.  RB DeAngelo Williams is looking at 20+ touches and should be locked into fantasy lineups.  RB Mike Tolbert figures to pick up a few extra touches but is still only an option in TD-heavy formats.

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) was held out of practice again on Thursday.  He's not looking good for this weekend's game against the Bucs.  HC Ron Rivera even confirmed that the team has prepared a game plan that does not include Stewart.  If J-Stew sits out on Sunday, RB DeAngelo Williams becomes a must-start.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera hinted that RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) could be limited against the Bucs on Sunday -- if he plays at all. "If one guy is nicked, we can lean on the others," Rivera said. "We feel pretty comfortable with that." Stewart has yet to return to practice since spraining his ankle in the preseason finale. He ran some on Monday but was more sore afterwards than the team anticipated, according to Rivera. We're shying away from J-Stew in Week 1 fantasy lineups.  RB DeAngelo Williams is shaping up as a solid RB2 option.

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart has yet to return to practice since spraining his ankle in last Sunday's preseason finale.  He ran in the pool and on the treadmill today.  He remains a question mark for the team's Week 1 game against the Bucs.  "We don't know til we see him get out here and start running around again," HC Ron Rivera said.  We'll continue to update J-Stew's progress this week.  If he's out, RB DeAngelo Williams becomes a must-start.

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart left Monday night's preseason game against the Jets with a lower leg injury.  He had to be carted into the locker room.  The team is calling it an ankle injury, but we wonder if it has anything to do with his troublesome Achilles.  We'll update Stewart's status when we learn more.  If he's sidelined into the regular season, DeAngelo Williams becomes a top-20 RB.

Update: HC Ron Rivera confirmed that Stewart suffered a sprained ankle.  X-rays came back negative, but an MRI should give us a better idea of how long he'll be sidelined.  Stewart was on crutches after the game.  Consider him a question mark for Week 1.

The Panthers and RB Jonathan Stewart have agreed to a 5-year, $36.5 million extension.  It locks him up in Carolina through the 2017 season.  J-Stew was set to become a free-agent this coming offseason and was rumored to be on the trade block this winter.  But now he's part of Carolina's long-term plans.  Consider it bad news for Stewart's dynasty value considering RB DeAngelo Williams is signed with the team through 2015.  This will continue to be a committee attack.

While Panthers RB Mike Tolbert wouldn't go into detail about his expected role with his new team, he did say that he'll be doing "a lot of FB stuff."  No surprise there.  Tolbert is joining a crowded backfield that features Jonathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams, and Cam Newton.  Tolbert figures to be 4th in line for carries.  While he could pop in a handful of scores, his game-to-game workload will likely be too erratic to provide consistent fantasy value.

The Panthers have signed RB Mike Tolbert to a 4-year deal.  It's a strange fit on a team already loaded at RB with DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, and Mike Goodson.  We've heard whispers that Stewart could head to the trade block now.  In that case, Tolbert would figure to play a similar role in Carolina as he did in San Diego.  He's a powerful between-the-tackles runner with impressive receiving skills to boot.

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