CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart says he's "ready" to play after sitting out the last 11 months with an ankle injury.
Stewart went through his first padded practice Wednesday since injuring his ankle last November and says he's hopeful the Panthers will allow him to play Sunday against Atlanta.
Stewart would have to be activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list by Saturday for him to be eligible for the Atlanta game.
Coach Ron Rivera wouldn't say if the Panthers would activate Stewart but says he "had a good day" and "will be ready if he's needed."
When pressed on the matter, Rivera leaned away from the microphones on the podium in front of him and whispered to reporters in the front row "read between the lines."
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