Sunday night’s game could not have gone much worse for the Panthers. Already very thin at the running back position with DeAngelo Williams and Fozzy Whittaker sidelined, Carolina saw Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert leave the game with leg injuries.
Initial reports claimed Jonathan Stewart’s injury to be a knee contusion but have since been revealed as a “severe” knee sprain. The Panthers are unsure as to when Stewart will be able to return but beat writer Joe Person for the Charlotte Observer believes it’s totally reasonable to expect Stewart sidelined for about a month. Stewart is giving himself an injury prone label after missing five games last year with a knee injury. With bye weeks upon us, Stewart is looking like a prime “drop” candidate to make room for free agents on your squad.
Head coach Ron Rivera expects DeAngelo Williams back with the team for their Week 4 matchup against the tough run defense of the Baltimore Ravens. With Tolbert, Stewart and Whittaker out for Week 4, and assuming Williams returns, he is a lock for 15 touches, cementing him as a low RB2 with upside. However, if Williams cannot suit up, the only other healthy RB Carolina has on its roster is Darrin Reaves, who is worth a pickup in deeper leagues, just for this week.