Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/23/13

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 29: Jonathan Stewart #28 of the Carolina Panthers runs the ball against the New York Jets on November 29, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Panthers 17-6. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Jonathan Stewart hadn’t played or practiced since Nov. 26 2012 when he injured his right ankle against Philadelphia. So here he was Tuesday out of the jailhouse (Stewart’s term) and onto the field. Coach Ron Rivera said something about Stewart’s “fresh legs” and players responded by offering Stewart a standing ovation. Was the ovation kind of sarcastic? “It was sarcastic” Rivera says. Despite practicing Stewart remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list. He was eligible to play Sunday against St. Louis but his ankle refused to comply. Stewart won’t play Thursday against Tampa Bay. If the ankle holds he’ll return Nov. 3 against Atlanta. The jailhouse is where Stewart has been. Teammates prepare for the next game. Stewart runs and pulls sleds. “We call it the jailhouse because you’re in confinement dedicated to rehabilitation” says Stewart 26. And now you’re back in society. “And now I’m back in society” Stewart says. Fans have long wanted Stewart freed. He’s 5-
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