Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Friday – a procedure he believes will allow him to successfully rehab both of his ankles.
Stewart missed seven games this past season with ankle issues.
He sprained his right ankle during the preseason and was sidelined for two of the first three games.
Stewart re-injured that ankle in the first half against Philadelphia on Nov. 26, then sustained a high sprain to his left ankle in the second half against the Eagles and was out the final five games.
But Stewart expects a full recovery following the surgery, performed by team physician and renowned foot and ankle specialist Robert Anderson.
“Had my left ankle scoped yesterday to clean up some stuff,” Stewart tweeted Saturday. “So now my recovery from my injury early on in the season will rehab just fine.”
Stewart, who signed a five-year, $36.5 million contract extension in August, rushed for 336 yards on 93 carries, with one touchdown. He caught 17 passes for 157 yards and touchdown.