"Guys that play a big part in making this team go – seeing them out there in cleats, practicing and sweating with us – that's great to see," quarterback
Smith and Cole were limited in Wednesday's practice. For Smith, the final step in his recovery process requires him to trust his knee.
"It is more of a mental thing than physical, and that's the part I have to get over – the mental aspect of it," Smith said. "Physically, I am fine. Every day I get better."
Stewart – who missed the first seven games and last three games of the regular season – was a full participant.
"It felt good. Getting back in the groove – again," Stewart said with a laugh. "When you invest so much time, of course you just want to be back and be around the game. Just the fact that I made it to this point – I'm very fortunate. The team winning the Atlanta game really helped me out with the bye week."
"He really sets the coverages for us," tight end
"He's our main guy. It's no secret. That's just the way it is. Hopefully come Sunday he's the Steve that we all know."
FAN FRIDAY: Friday, January 10 has been declared "FAN Friday" by City of Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon.
Residents and businesses are encouraged to show their Panthers pride by wearing team colors or simply all black in support of the Panthers. Additionally, Panthers-themed signage will be displayed throughout uptown Charlotte on bus shelters, over street banners, news racks, city buses and light rail cars.Fans can share photos of themselves wearing the team's colors via social media by uploading an image with the #BlackFriday hashtag to Panthers.com, Twitter or Instagram. The gallery will be featured on both Panthers.com and the team's official Facebook page.