Jonathan Stewart Out for Thursday Night Football
According to multiple reports, Carolina Panthers starting running back Jonathan Stewart (ankle,toe) has been ruled out for Thursday Night Football’s game against the New York Giants. Stewart was limited in practice all week, and head coach Ron Rivera decided to rest him rather than risk another set-back.
The good news is that this report came out fairly early, so most owners should have plenty of time to bench Stewart. The Panthers don’t play again until the following Sunday in Week 4 so that should be plenty of time for Stewart to rest up and should be ready for the Atlanta Falcons. DeAngelo Williams will now see the bulk of the carries tonight.
With Stewart out Williams will now get plenty of touches against the struggling Giants defense. He’s no lock for production however, back in week 1 when Stewart was also out, Williams managed negative one yard on six carriers. Consider him a merely a flex option tonight. Mike Tolbert could see a few more touches in the middle of the field, and he will continue to see the bulk of the goal-line work as well.