Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart has torn MCL - NBC Sports

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart has torn MCL
New Orleans Saints free safety Malcolm Jenkins tries to tackle Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (28) in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
December 9, 2013, 4:15 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) An MRI shows Panthers' backup running back Jonathan Stewart tore the MCL in his right knee in Sunday night's 31-13 loss to New Orleans.

Carolina spokesman Charlie Dayton announced the injury Monday.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Stewart will be out a minimum of 10 days, but remains optimistic he could return at some point this season.

Stewart will not play Sunday against the New York Jets. The Panthers (9-4) are positioned for a postseason berth with three games left.

Stewart was injured when tackled in the lower right leg by Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis in the third quarter at the Superdome.

It's been a rough season for Stewart, who missed the first seven games of the year on the physically unable to perform list with an ankle injury.

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