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CHARLOTTE – Panthers coach Ron Rivera says the team has placed Jonathan Stewart on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, meaning the veteran running back will miss at least the first six weeks of the season.
Carolina also placed guard Edmund Kugbila, the team’s fourth-round draft pick, on injured reserve Tuesday with a knee injury and waived-injured defensive tackle Frank Kearse and wide receiver Joe Adams.
Stewart says his goal is to return for Carolina’s Oct. 20 game against the St. Louis Rams.
Stewart hasn’t practiced with the Panthers since undergoing offseason surgery on both ankles. He says his right ankle remains a problem.
The decision likely means more playing time for DeAngelo Williams, the franchise’s all-time leading rusher, and opens a roster spot for either Tauren Poole or Armond Smith.http://chapelboro.com/sports/professional/panthers-place-rb-jonathan-stewart-on-pup-list
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) – Tight Greg Olsen says the Panthers need to approach training camp with a sense of urgency after the team’s sluggish starts the past two seasons.
Steve Smith couldn’t agree more.
The five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver says “a sense of urgency is an understatement.”
Carolina started 1-6 last season and 1-5 in 2011. While the Panthers finished both seasons strong they weren’t able to dig themselves out of that early hole and make the playoffs.
Smith says “slow starts will get you fired, cut and bring change real quick for everyone.”
The Panthers arrived at Wofford College for training camp Thursday.
The Panthers will be without running back Jonathan Stewart and linebacker Jon Beason when they begin practice Friday night. Both starters say they’re still recovering from offseason surgery.http://chapelboro.com/sports/professional/panthers-arrive-at-camp-with-sense-of-urgency