Panthers' Jonathan Stewart to miss first six games



Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart will miss at least the first six weeks of the season while he recovers from an ankle injury.

Coach Ron Rivera said after practice Tuesday that Stewart was placed on the physically unable to perform list.


PACKERS: Starting running back DuJuan Harris is out for the year after injuring his right knee last week.

Harris said Tuesday he hurt the patella tendon and hoped to have surgery soon.


GIANTS: Receiver Victor Cruz expects to play in the regular-season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.

A day after removing the protective boot from his injured left foot, Cruz was upbeat about being ready for the Sept. 8 game.


COWBOYS: Defensive tackle Jay Ratliff will miss at least the first six games with hamstring and groin injuries.


COURTS: The NFL Players Association filed a grievance to help former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez collect an $82,000 workout bonus.

Hernandez’s contract calls for him to receive that amount if he took part in work from April to June.

The Patriots cut him after he was arrested June 26 and before he was charged with murder later that day.


VIKINGS: Kevin Williams appears to have avoided disaster on a hit to his right knee that could’ve done much more damage.

Coach Leslie Frazier said he hopes to have his star defensive tackle on the field for the opener in Detroit.

DOLPHINS: Rookie linebacker Dion Jordan, the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL Draft, returned to practice Tuesday after being sidelined by a lingering shoulder injury, improving his chances of playing in the season opener next week.


TRADE: The San Francisco 49ers shipped outside linebacker Parys Haralson to the New Orleans Saints and will receiver an undisclosed 2014 draft pick in return.


BROWNS: Rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo did some running Tuesday, a few steps forward in his recovery from a bruised lung.

Mingo believes he sustained the unusual injury in an exhibition game on Aug. 15 against Detroit. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said Mingo, who has been doing his conditioning by riding a stationary bike, was going to “run a little bit.”