The Panthers’ short turnaround with a game Thursday night at Tampa Bay will factor into running back Jonathan Stewart’s availability this week.
Rivera said Stewart is on track to practice Tuesday for the first time during the regular season, but there’s still some caution on when he’ll be ready for live action.
Stewart had offseason ankle surgery, and pain in his right ankle forced him onto the physically unable to perform list this year. He has 21 days from his first practice to be activated by the team.
Last week, Rivera indicated Stewart could be ready for the Nov.3 contest against Atlanta.