Stewart misses second straight practice with heel injury

Updated: November 6, 2008, 2:50 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers rookie running back Jonathan Stewart missed his second straight practice Thursday and was in a walking boot to protect his sore left heel.

Stewart first complained of the injury two weeks ago. He played in Carolina's win over the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 26 but was held to 10 yards on eight carries.

The Panthers were off last week, but the injury has kept Stewart sidelined. His status for Sunday's game at Oakland is uncertain.

"It's a sharp pain in my heel," Stewart said. "I have to run the ball and it hurts every time I press off on it."

Stewart, Carolina's first-round pick, has been splitting carries with veteran DeAngelo Williams. Stewart has rushed for 362 yards and a team-best five touchdowns.

"It's day-to-day," coach John Fox said. "But any time you don't have a guy out there it's always a concern."

The Panthers had better news with their offensive line. Center Ryan Kalil and right tackle Jeff Otah practiced for a second straight day and are expected to start against the Raiders. Kalil has missed the past three games and Otah the past four with right ankle injuries.

Reserve defensive tackle Darwin Walker missed practice with a sore neck. Walker has not played or practiced since being in a car accident two blocks from Bank of America Stadium the day before the Cardinals game.

Walker said Thursday that a woman ran a red light and he T-boned her car. The impact totaled Walker's car.

"It was like a super-hard hit on the field," Walker said. "My neck still hasn't recovered."


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