Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart refutes report that he has cancer

Brian McIntyre
Shutdown Corner

Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart has made frequent appearances on his team's injury reports during his five seasons in the NFL. That was certainly the case in a 2012 season that saw Stewart miss seven games, including the last five, with an ankle injury that caused the 2008 first-round pick out of Oregon to post career-lows in rushing attempts (93), rushing yards (336) and rushing touchdowns (one).

Stewart was limited during the Panthers' OTAs and minicamp, which came to an end earlier this month. Sunday night, however, Stewart was listed on the Sporting News' website as being out indefinitely with cancer. Stewart took to Twitter to refute the report.

"Dear fans I do no have cancer @sportingnews must of had a typo in there updates! So there info is completely false no worries #fail," Stewart wrote on Sunday night.

The Sporting News has issued a correction to the report, which the Charlotte Observer reports was due to an error in the Sporting News' automated feed.

Despite Stewart's injury-plagued 2012 campaign, in February, the Panthers and Stewart tweaked his five-year, $36.5 million extension from last August. In the new deal, the Panthers actually increased Stewart's 2013 cap number and fully guaranteed $4 million of the running back's future base salaries. For that, they will be looking for more production out of him this season before making a decision on picking up a $6.785 million option bonus next offseason.

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