Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart misses third consecutive practice
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Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart misses third consecutive practice

Consider Jonathan Stewart @Jonathanstewar1 the anti-Trent Richardson when it comes to practicing at less than 100 percent. Both are hurt, but Stewart hasn't been able to take part in any practice this week, including Friday's session. In fact, Stewart hasn't practiced since spraining an ankle Aug. 26 versus the Jets. He is listed as questionable on the Panthers' official injury report.

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Head coach Ron Rivera has said multiple times that he is optimistic about Stewart's chances to play against the Buccaneers, but these practice reports tell us something else, and I certainly care about what does or doesn't happen on the field much more than some coach speak. Stewart should be on your bench right now; his carries will likely go to Mike Tolbert. But the main point here is that DeAngelo Williams @DeAngeloRB should be viewed as a strong RB2 without Stewart. He's going up against a run defense that was absolutely horrible in 2011.

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I have played fantasy sports since 2001. I've played mostly in fantasy football and baseball leagues. I wrote for FFToolbox from 2002-2005 and re-joined in 2009.

I was an undergraduate from the University of Central Florida, and a master's graduate from Cal State University, Northridge specializing in journalism/mass communication. I make my home in Long Beach, Calif.

While I grew up in California, my favorite football team has always been the New York Giants.

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