Jonathan Stewart injury: Panthers will place RB on PUP list

Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Jonathan Stewart is dealing with a lingering ankle injury and will start the season on the PUP list. He will miss the first six games of the season.

The Carolina Panthers have placed running back Jonathan Stewart on the Reserve/PUP list, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He is out for the first six games of the season.

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Stewart saw a foot specialist on Tuesday to get a second opinion on his lingering ankle injury, but the news was apparently not good. The 26-year-old has struggled with the injury since last season. He played only nine games in 2012, rushing for 336 yards on 93 carries shortly after signing a six-year extension worth $37.8 million.

DeAngelo Williams is expected to open the season as the Panthers' starter. Williams appeared in all 16 games last year, rushing for 737 yards and five touchdowns on 4.3 yards per carry. Sixth-round rookie Kenjon Barner and veteran Mike Tolbert will serve as change-of-pace backs. Barner got 18 carries for 49 yards in two preseason games.

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