Stewart's Achilles surgery successful

Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart had successful surgery on his left Achilles this morning, treating a problem that had been bothering him for at least a year.

Stewart's agent Ben Dogra wouldn't say what the severity of the injury had been and said the surgery was to alleviate "lingering pain" and that Stewart expected to be ready for May's mini-camp. Dogra said Stewart also had minor surgery on a pinky finger Wednesday.

The surgery was performed by Panthers team orthopedist Dr. Robert Anderson.

Stewart led the team in rushing with 1,133 yards last season and was limited in practice each week because of the Achilles problem. He didn't finish the final game against New Orleans, saying he "re-tweaked" the Achilles during the game.

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