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Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart injures leg vs. Jets

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tim Tebow got the fans fired up with a dazzling 20-yard run in the fourth quarter, but threw an interception three plays later and the Carolina Panthers held on for a 17-12 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday night.

The Jets (0-3) still haven't scored a touchdown through three preseason games.

Tebow faced a third-and-16 from the Jets 34 and ran around in the backfield, eluded a tackle attempt by Ryan Van Bergan and took off and slipped through a few other tackle attempts by the Panthers (2-1) before being taken down for a 20-yard gain by Reggie Smith. Tebow pumped both fists and yelled at the crowd chanting "Tee-boww! Tee-boww!'' But three plays later, Tebow threw an easy interception to Smith.

Tebow had another chance to get the Jets in the end zone, but threw four straight incompletions to end the game.

Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart injured his right leg late in the first half. On first-and-goal from the Jets 9 with just over 2 minutes left in the half, Stewart took a handoff from Cam Newton and went down the right sideline for 7 yards before he was knocked out of bounds on a hard hit by LaRon Landry. Stewart stayed down for a few moments before being helped to the bench.

The nature of the injury wasn't immediately known.

After trainers looked at Stewart's right leg, the running back was carted to the locker room -- but was smiling at his teammates as he headed into the tunnel.


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