Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart just shook his head when asked to put a percentage on how healthy he felt.
"I don't do percentages. No percent," he said with a laugh. "Only good and bad, man. That's all this business cares about, producing, whether it's good or bad."
Toward that end, Stewart said he felt physically well, after yet another offseason spent rehabbing instead of practicing. He didn't play at all in the preseason, or practice during minicamp or organized team activities, as has become his custom. He had surgery Jan.20 to remove bone spurs that were pressing into his Achilles near the insertion at his heel, along with some clean-up work on calcium deposits and nearby bursa sacs.
He's had 13 running attempts in the first two games, leading some to wonder whether he's still ailing. He was much more productive in the Bucs game (eight attempts for 43 yards) than against the Giants in the opener (five attempts for 12 yards), but has yet to show the form he displayed last year while leading the team with 1,133 rushing yards.
"I feel good," he said, laughing again. "I feel a lot better than I did last year. Like a totally reversed feeling. My foot's fine."