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Team: Northern Illinois Huskies
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/21/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3 / 248

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Northern Illinois hired Walter Stewart as defensive line coach.
Stewart previously was the DL coach at Eastern Kentucky for two years. He was a standout edge rusher at Cincinnati as a player. Unfortunately, a spinal issue dashed his NFL dreams. He's picked up the pieces to become an exciting young coaching prospect. Feb 1 - 8:40 PM

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Cincinnati OLB Walter Stewart was red flagged and withheld from on-field activities at the NFL Combine.

If you haven't previously read, Stewart was close to retiring from the sport this fall due to a spinal issue. Out of nowhere, the former Bearcat decided to attempt a comeback but his medical was failed by the Combine, despite being invited in the first place. According to Joe Reedy, "Keith Fields, Stewart's foster father, said there are indications that Stewart will be cleared to take part" in the schools Pro Day on March 14.
Mon, Feb 25, 2013 04:13:00 PM

National Football Post's Russ Lande says Cincinnati DE/OLB Walter Stewart could go in the top 40.

"Do not be surprised if Stewart’s back passes some physicals if he ends up being a top 40 selection in the Draft," Lande wrote. Stewart has been getting publicity since getting a second opinion that has allowed him to play football. Most recently, Mike Mayock said Stewart could be a top 10 pick if his medicals check out.
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 05:46:00 PM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock believes Cincinnati DE/OLB Walter Stewart is a top 10 selection if he checks out medically.

Stewart was born without a posterior C1 arch of the vertebra. His last game with the Bearcats was on October 30, and it had been reported he would retire from the sport. It's difficult to say how his medicals will go, as it all depends on the team doctor. We believe that it's highly unlikely Stewart is a first or second day selection, let alone a first rounder.
Mon, Feb 18, 2013 09:44:00 PM

Cincinnati senior OLB/DE Walter Stewart will reportedly retire from football due to a spinal injury aggravated against Fordham.

Stewart’s foster father, Keith Fields, told the Bearcat Lair that Stewart was born without a "posterior C1 arch" and will no longer be able to play football due to a congenital defect in his spine. The senior was apparently injured in the game but continued to play through it. Stewart has emerged as the leader of the Cincinnati defense, but it appears his playing days are over.
Tue, Oct 30, 2012 08:53:00 AM

Cincinnati senior DE Walter Stewart is likely to miss the remainder of the season with an undisclosed upper body injury.

Stewart addressed the team late last week and told them the news. The true heart and soul of the team, Stewart projected as a rush outside linebacker at the next level. Hopefully his career is not over, but back and upper body injuries are always difficult to come back from. The senior is awaiting a second opinion on the injury.
Thu, Oct 25, 2012 01:53:00 PM

Cincinnati senior DE Walter Stewart will miss Saturday's game against Toledo and possibly much longer.

Stewart suffered an undisclosed upper body injury against Fordham and it may be significant. The senior projects as a standup pass rusher in the NFL and has five sacks on the season.
Sat, Oct 20, 2012 10:45:00 AM

Cincinnati senior DE/OLB Walter Stewart recorded 3.5 tackles for loss, including two sacks and a forced fumble, in Thursday's win over Pittsburgh.

The first sack was easy, as Stewart flew by the sloth-like right tackle for a clean strip sack, while the second required more effort as the senior shed to close on a scrambling Tino Sunseri. Stewart is one of the few senior hybrid players, and because of his frame likely projects as a pass rushing outside linebacker at the next level. Evaluators will love his burst off the line, but technique-wise, the Bearcat has some room to grow.
Fri, Sep 7, 2012 09:46:00 AM