The Carolina Panthers didn't have Jonathan Stewart on the practice field Tuesday due to his injured ankle, but the running back will fly to Tampa with the team in the hopes of playing Week 1.
"It's coming along very well," head coach Ron Rivera said. "He moved around an awful lot yesterday, so he was a little bit sore today - a little bit more than we anticipated. He's moving around nicely. We are very encouraged."
The Panthers' depth at running back gives the coaching staff an opportunity to exercise caution with Stewart as he recovers.
"If one guy is nicked, we can lean on the others," Rivera said. "We feel pretty comfortable with that."
It sounds as if Mike Tolbert may get extra work even if Jonathan Stewart is able to play. Look for DeAngelo Williams to get most of the carries unless Stewart's ankle heals quickly.