CHARLOTTE -- In this, the "Year of the Tweet," it figures that at least one Panther uses Twitter to update fans on his recuperation from injury. But 140 characters only provided Jon Beason enough room for this:
They said it couldn't been done, they said it wasn't enough time.... Ha we'll see in due time.
Using more traditional means -- i.e., talking to reporters -- Beason expounded upon those words Thursday with a more forceful prediction on his Week 1 status.
"I don't have any doubt that I'll be ready for the game," he said. "I've still got nine days."
In the meantime, Beason has to start running.
"We're going to get out there this weekend when everyone's gone on their break, and I'll be out there running and seeing how this thing feels," Beason said. "But it feels great.
"It's not really sore. It's just scarring down. But it feels real good. That's the best way I can put it. We will see."
Beason's confidence is rooted in his last recovery from a sprained knee, when he was at the University of Miami.
"The fact that I've done it before and knew how fast I came back, I knew it was possible," he said. "I'm just happy it happened when it did. I don't want to miss any time. But it happened; it's behind us."
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Stewart missed the entire preseason and said he will "hopefully" be ready to play in the regular season, but that the soreness in the Achilles has not left.
"It's my second year missing a lot of training camp," he said. "The good thing is mentally I have the playbook and stuff like that tucked under my belt. Because of that, it's been a lot easier; I haven't been worried about plays or anything like that, but it's been frustrating to not be out there and improve in areas that I know I can improve in."
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