In today’s editions of the Observer, Panthers’ running back Jonathan Stewart talks in-depth about the Achilles injury that bothered him all last season and the Jan. 20 surgery he hopes will alleviate the pain he played with in 2009. For the first time, Stewart explained that he had a bone spur pressing into his left Achilles and also suffered from tendonitis and bursitis. He wasn’t permitted to put weight on his foot for the first month after the operation. For the third consecutive year, he’ll miss the Panthers’ post-draft minicamp and summer school practices, but expects to begin running in June and to be ready for the start of training camp in late July.

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