Stewart Feels Teammates' Pain

Running back James Stewart will miss the entire season because of a dislocated shoulder suffered in the final preseason game Aug. 28 against Buffalo. That doesn't mean he's not feeling his teammates pain in their 1-5 season, however.

Running back James Stewart will miss the entire season because of a dislocated shoulder suffered in the final preseason game Aug. 28 against Buffalo.

That doesn't mean he's not feeling his teammates pain in their 1-5 season, however.

"It hurts because you had so many high hopes for this season," Stewart said. "Obviously, it didn't start the way we wanted. Not being a part of it hurts as well. Your teammates are out there striving to get wins and you want to be a part of that struggle."

Although he is not the big-play threat Lions president/CEO wants in the Lions backfield, Stewart has been the team's most productive running back since Barry Sanders retired on the even of the 1999 season.

Stewart rushed for 1,184 yards and scored 10 rushing touchdowns in 2000 and gained 1,021 yards and scored four rushing touchdowns in 2002, although he played on 14 games.

Stewart has one year left on his contract but there has been speculation the Lions will not bring him back next year.

"The only thing I can do is worry about getting myself back fully healthy," he said. "Once that happens they'll have to come to me and we'll have to sit and talk."


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