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Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart back in action, Tavarres King signed in

10/22/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

After sustaining an ankle injury during Week 12 of NFL season 2012 that sidelined him, running back Jonathan Stewart had finally healed enough to return to practice. He had to have surgery during offseason to repair the ankle.
 
"I learned and endured during the time off rehabbing. I'm just thankful to be at practice today,” he said.
Stewart said that it was definitely a good feeling to be back in the game.
 
"It feels good being out there warming up, taking handoffs and just playing football again,” he said. “The guys were encouraging me saying, 'Hey you're looking good.' I got through this with the help of my teammates."
 
He wasn’t the only one to feel good about being back on the field. His teammates were equally happy to see him hit the field again.

"It's a big boost. Today he got a standing ovation to show how much he's been missed – that's kind of the sarcasm we have on this team," said quarterback Cam Newton. “When he comes into the huddle, he has that game face on. He comes in hungry and wants to prove his worth to this team."
 
The running back said that he would play the game against the Atlanta Falcons the coming week. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said that he would definitely play the game.
 
"We are (looking at Atlanta. We just have to make sure. The big thing is to see how he reacts tomorrow after what he did today,” he said “It was good to see him out there. He looked really good. We're excited."
 
That wasn’t the only good news for the Panthers. They had long been stalking wide receiver Tavarres King even before the 2013 Draft when the Denver Broncos signed him up. When he was waived on Saturday, the Panthers jumped at the opportunity and took him in.
"Tavarres is somebody that we looked at, and coach Proehl knows him very well," said coach Rivera. "When that name came across (the waiver wire), I know (general manager) Dave (Gettleman) and his staff discussed it. We looked at the tape, and the decision was made.
Rivera said that he had high expectations from the King because of his good background and natural talent.
"He's an explosive receiver who comes from a good program. He came in today and showed his quickness and explosiveness and ability to snatch the ball,” Rivera said. “We're excited about having him here. Hopefully, he can (learn our offense) quickly so we can throw him out there and see what he can do as the season progresses." 
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