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Panthers hopeful on Jonathan Stewart

Updated: September 4, 2012, 3:13 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he's optimistic running back Jonathan Stewart will play Sunday in the season opener at Tampa Bay.

Stewart sprained his right ankle in the team's third preseason game Aug, 26 and hasn't practiced since.

Although he was held out of practice, Rivera says Stewart "moved around very nicely" during a private workout Monday. Rivera says that's a "very encouraging sign" and he's hopeful Stewart will return to practice Wednesday when ...

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