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Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart on foot sprain: ‘I plan to play’

Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart, right, told the Observer on Monday he plans to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera (center) isn’t as certain about Fozzy Whittaker, left.
Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart, right, told the Observer on Monday he plans to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera (center) isn’t as certain about Fozzy Whittaker, left. AP

With a hint of existentialism, Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart told the Observer he plans to play this Sunday against the Seahawks after missing three weeks with a foot sprain.

“Everyone is day-to-day,” Stewart said. “I plan to play.”

Stewart sprained his foot in the Week 14 win against the Falcons and hasn’t played since, coming up 11 rushing yards short of his second career 1,000-yard season.

He did not practice with the team last week but did work on the side with athletic trainers. The Panthers won’t return to the practice field until Wednesday.

Receiver Ted Ginn Jr. has battled a knee injury and missed the season finale. Panthers coach Ron Rivera expects to see Ginn on the field this week.

“With Teddy it’s one of those things he’s going to build up to and see how he feels,” Rivera said. “He’s a sprinter, he’s a runner and obviously his legs are important. As he starts going again we’re going to be smart with him and get him to the point where he’s confident and comfortable get him rolling.”

Safety Kurt Coleman (foot) and linebacker A.J. Klein (hamstring) should also practice this week. Rivera expressed concern only for running back Fozzy Whittaker (ankle), who’s out of a walking boot but may not play this week.

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