Cam Newton down with leg injury, but returns

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For the second time today, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has left the game.

After leaving for a single play earlier, Newton just walked off the field with an apparent left leg injury. His foot was caught in the turf as he was rolled. Trainers were looking at him on the sidelines and re-wrapped his left ankle.

The Panthers have come back to take a 27-24 lead over the Saints, but the idea of a Derek Anderson-Drew Brees showdown is nothing the Panthers are hoping for.

UPDATE 3:47 p.m. ET: Newton returned to the game quickly, after Anderson completed a pass. You can’t question the guy’s toughness.