Stewart missed the final three games of the regular season with a sprained foot.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Stewart had a good practice. "Feel pretty comfortable, confident having him back on football field," Rivera said, according to the Seattle Times' Bob Condotta.
The running back's return should not be understated. While the Panthers extended their streak of 100-plus-yard rushing games to 27 without Stewart the past three contests, the production from their tailback committee wasn't as dynamic.
Stewart tallied 989 yards on 242 carries (4.1 average) and six rushing touchdowns in 13 games in 2015.
Facing a stout Seattle run defense, which has allowed just 56.7 yards rushing per game over the last six contests, the Panthers will need a healthy Stewart to have any hopes of advancing to the NFC title game.
Other injury news we are tracking:
- The Patriots had a host of players that were limited on Wednesday. Danny Amendola (knee), Scott Chandler (knee), Julian Edelman (foot), Rob Gronkowski (knee), Dont'a Hightower (knee), Chandler Jones (abdomen/toe) and Sebastian Vollmer (ankle) were all limited. Tom Brady (ankle) was a full participant.