No doubt the bye week and the wise approach head coach Ron Rivera took toward injuries late in the regular season had a hand in the improved health.
"The bye treated us well," wide receiver
"It's great to have everybody on the field."
Everybody included three key players who missed the regular season finale prior to the playoff bye in Ginn, running back
"The bye week served its purpose," Rivera said. "A lot of guys got a lot of good work today."
"I'm at my team's disposal. Whatever it takes," Stewart said. "It's been a month or so, so being able to get out there and get into the groove felt good. My foot is back to normal, as much as it can be, and I'm just going to take it day-by-day and catch back up with the pace of the team and get going with this playoff run."
Stewart added that he's almost entirely back to his best in terms of conditioning.
"I don't feel left behind," he said. "Conditioning-wise, I feel just about there. Injury-wise, I feel explosive.
"I've got fresh legs, and this is where it counts."
Even when healthy, Stewart often was among a group of veterans during the regular season who didn't practice most Wednesdays for maintenance purposes. On this particular Wednesday, however, everyone was in action.
"Their energy level was high, and mistakes were down to the very minimum," Rivera said. "The guys were really focused and sharp. That's the type of practice tempo that you need."
And Stewart and Ginn are the type of performers the Panthers need to combat the challenge Seattle poses.
"They're great playmakers," wide receiver