Jonathan Stewart returns to practice in Carolina

The best running back combination in the league is back in action now.

Jonathan Stewart is ready to practice for the first time this summer, according to Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer. The Carolina Panthers running back has been on the mend, slowly working his way back from heel surgery way back in January to remove a bone spur.

It’s par for the course for Stewart, who didn’t practice in preseason the previous two years. He was nursing a toe injury suffered in college as a rookie, one that might have led him to fall a little in the draft to No. 13. The heel injury surfaced midway through the rookie season and that led him to sit out nearly all of the offseason and preseason schedule a year ago. Now, he should be ready to go pain free, ready to pair with DeAngelo Williams again.

The Panthers backs became the first teammates since the AFL merger in 1970 to each rush for more than 1,100 yards. Imagine how good Stewart can be with just a little bit of practice.

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