Injury update: Panthers' Stewart, Edwards out

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Running back Jonathan Stewart and defensive tackle Dwan Edwards officially were ruled out for the Carolina Panthers for Thursday night's game at Tampa Bay.

Coach Ron Rivera said on Wednesday the plan remains to take Stewart (right ankle) off the physically unable to perform list next week if he continues to show positive progress and activate him for the Nov. 3 home game against Atlanta.

Edwards will miss his fifth straight game with a hamstring injury, but Rivera is encouraged by his progress.

Quintin Mikell will start again at strong safety even though rookie Robert Lester is healthy for the second straight week. Rivera continues to review the left cornerback position, but it appears he will go with rookie Melvin White over Josh Thomas.

Thomas, whose only missed start this season was because of a concussion suffered at Buffalo in Week 2, was beaten deep on two plays in Sunday's 30-15 victory over the St. Louis Rams.

"Melvin White has done a really nice job,'' Rivera said. "JT (Thomas) is struggling with it right now.''

Wide receiver Steve Smith was on Wednesday's injury report after having his foot stepped on during a light workout, but he will play.