Update: Right as this note was published, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer presented quotes from Stewart about his ankle surgeries, how he is feeling now, and what it's like to miss practices.
Stewart said his left ankle has healed from surgery, but the right one is "still an issue." Stewart had different procedures performed on his ankles. He called the left-ankle surgery a "tightening up" while the right one underwent a scope to remove loose bodies. He is still recovering from the damage those loose bodies did to that ankle.
"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. "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."
Stewart has yet to meet with trainers to determine how much he will be able to practice over the next three weeks. That meeting will take place today. He said his plan is to be ready for Week 1, but he stopped short of guaranteeing it.
Update No. 2: As expected, Stewart has been placed on the PUP list after undergoing his physical today.
Original Post: So, I guess this means he didn't pass that extensive Thursday physical. Whatever the case, Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart said today that he will not partake in the team's first practice of training camp on Friday, and he didn't say when he might be available to practice. Stewart, who underwent surgery on both ankles during the offseason, sat out all team activities during the spring and summer.
No matter what head coach Ron Rivera was hoping for, Stewart wasn't expected to be ready for that first practice. This news is not of any surprise, but it would be nice to hear some good news on the Stewart front. We'll let you know when that comes in. Right now, DeAngelo Williams is the Panthers' top running back and is looking like a bargain at his current ninth-round average draft position.