News: Stewart gained 46 yards on eight carries in Thursday's 28-10 loss to the Saints.
Impact: One week after rushing for a season-high 79 yards on a season-high 16 carries against the Seahawks, Stewart had his work limited by the return of DeAngelo Williams (ankle), who managed just 20 yards on eight carries and 30 yards on one reception. Stewart ran hard and broke some tackles, but he'll likely continue to split the work with Williams, at least for as long as both backs stay healthy. None of Carolina's running backs has done much as a receiver this season, but Stewart typically handles the passing-down work over Williams.
News: Williams (ankle) gained 20 yards on eight carries and 30 yards on one reception in Thursday's 28-10 loss to the Saints.
Impact: Williams took a screen pass for 30 yards on the first play of the second half, but he was otherwise quiet in his first game since Week 4. Jonathan Stewart was the more effective of Carolina's running backs, gaining 46 yards on eight carries behind some impressive broken tackles. So long as both remain healthy, Williams and Stewart will likely continue to split the work, as has often been the case in the past. Next week brings a Monday Night Football matchup with the Eagles in Philadelphia.
News: Olsen caught 3-of-4 targets for 30 yards in Thursday's 28-10 loss to the Saints.
Impact: Olsen is averaging just two receptions and 3.5 targets over the last two games, after averaging 5.6 and 8.4 through the first seven weeks of the season. Part of the issue is that the Panthers simply haven't been able to move the ball, failing to reach 60 offensive plays or 30 pass attempts in both of the last two games. Olsen had been thriving before the recent cold streak, and while he figures to get back on track to some extent, it's hard to ignore the reality that Carolina's offense looks terrible.
News: Benjamin caught 2-of-10 targets for 18 yards in Thursday's 28-10 loss to the Saints.
Impact: Benjamin dropped a touchdown for the second straight week, then later got open near the end zone on a similar route, only to be overthrown by Cam Newton, who struggled terribly throughout the game. Though it's hard to be disappointed with the numbers he's putting up as a rookie receiver, Benjamin has been close to doing much more, as a combination of his own drops and Newton's inaccurate passes has held back a promising QB-WR combo. Despite the inconsistent week-to-week results, Benjamin easily leads the Panthers with 78 targets, 12 ahead of TE Greg Olsen's 66. As bad as the Carolina offense has looked in recent weeks, the 6-5 rookie still won't lack for opportunities heading into a Week 10 game in Philadelphia.
News: Newton rushed for 43 yards and a touchdown on seven carries in Thursday's 28-10 loss to the Saints, but he completed just 10-of-28 passes for 151 yards, with no touchdowns and an interception.
Impact: The interception wasn't at all Newton's fault, as the ball bounced off the hands of an open Brenton Bersin in the second quarter. However, the quarterback later lost a fumble inside his own five-yard line while scrambling around on a 3rd-and-9. It was just one of Newton's many mistakes, as he misfired on countless passes, often overthrowing his receivers. Per usual, he didn't get much help from the players around him, with the offensive line and Kelvin Benjamin both struggling, while Greg Olsen surprisingly only drew four targets. The Newton-to-Benjamin connection has been especially frustrating this season, as their respectable statistics could be far better if not for a slew of missed opportunities. There were two near-touchdowns on deep slants during Thursday's game, but Benjamin dropped the first on a ball that could have been thrown better, and Newton sailed the second too high. The only thing that really worked for Carolina was Newton's scrambling, which was a complete non-factor against Seattle on Sunday. While Newton's 43 carries over the last four games are perhaps encouraging for fantasy owners, the wheels seem to be completely coming off for a Carolina offense that was shaky early in the season. Newton is trying to carry a weak group, and his passing hasn't been nearly good enough to do that over the last three games.
News: Hardy's jury trial on domestic violence charges -- which had been scheduled for Nov. 17 -- could be postponed until after the NFL season, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Impact: Per the report, the defensive end -- who is on the commissioner's exempt list -- is unlikely to play again this season, as the Panthers have indicated that they will wait until Hardy's legal situation is resolved before determining his future with the team.
News: Stewart's teammate, DeAngelo Williams, is active for Thursday's game against the Saints.
Impact: Stewart carried a season-high 16 times for 79 yards in Week 8, but he's now slated to combo up with Williams in some form of time-share on Thursday, with NFL Network's Jeff Darlington having relayed earlier this week that Williams is on track to draw the start.
News: A person familiar with the situation says Hardy's domestic violence appeal trial set for Nov. 17 has been postponed until after the NFL season, meaning his career with Carolina could be over. The person said the new trial date has not been set. The person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the decision has not been publicly announced.
Impact: The Panthers placed Hardy on the exempt-commissioner's permission list on Sept. 17 after being convicted in July of assault on a female and communicating threats. The NFL and the Panthers have said Hardy would not play until after his trial was resolved, although he is still collecting $13.1 million this season as Carolina's franchise player.