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Stewart’s Toe Not 100-Percent

Panthers rookie running back Jonathan Stewart is practicing in training camp but is still recovering from a March surgery on his right great toe.  Stewart sustained the injury during his final season at Oregon in 2007, but the Panthers were comfortable enough to make him the 13th overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.  Stewart says the toe is improving daily, but admits his explosiveness is limited.  Stewart was held out of a recent team scrimmage and may not play in Saturday’s preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts in Charlotte. 

Meantime, wide receiver Steve Smith suffered an ankle injury in practice Wednesday morning, while fellow wide out D.J. Hackett went down with a toe injury.  Panthers coach John Fox says neither injury is serious.  Linebacker Jon Beason was held out with an ankle injury, and wide receiver Mushin Muhammad and linebacker Na’il Diggs were given the morning off to rest.  Kick returner Ryne Robinson is still out with a knee injury and Fox describes his status as “week to week.”

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