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Cam Newton: I can’t stress enough that I’m not 100 percent yet


Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is healthy enough to practice at training camp. But he’s not healthy enough to do all of the things we’re accustomed to seeing from him on the football field.

“I can’t stress enough that I’m not 100 percent yet,” said Newton, who had ankle surgery in March. “It’s just going to take treatment and time.”

Panthers coach Ron Rivera echoed those comments, saying he’s glad Newton is practicing but realizes Newton’s ankle isn’t allowing him to do everything.

”It was good to see Cam out there,” Rivera said. ”He’s a little rusty in terms of his quarterback to running back exchange. But he’s working himself back in and he has to work those techniques. But it was nice to see him make some nice throws. . . . A big thing is developing that footwork and getting that flexibility back in that ankle. As he practices and goes through day by day we have to be smart with it. I think he will work back into shape pretty soon.”

Newton’s ankle had been bothering him for years, and the goal of the surgery is to make the ankle better in the long run. He’s not there yet, but he should be in good shape when the season starts in six weeks.

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40 Responses to “Cam Newton: I can’t stress enough that I’m not 100 percent yet”
  1. vaughnjoe says: Jul 26, 2014 6:38 AM

    Oh Cam just put the towel on man. Let him have his alone time towel. Hes a game manager apprentice with wheels.

  2. orthomarine says: Jul 26, 2014 6:56 AM

    So much for superman

    How bout Wonder Woman?

  3. crawfish2011 says: Jul 26, 2014 6:57 AM

    Let the excuses start… 3-13 confirmed

  4. kepickle says: Jul 26, 2014 7:08 AM

    lol the Haters keep hating but we all know your just jealous because the Panthers have the Best QB in the NFL and yea will be back in the playoffs

  5. uncletuna says: Jul 26, 2014 7:36 AM

    Still wanting to hide under his blankie…

  6. jimnaizeeum says: Jul 26, 2014 7:41 AM

    If the ankle has been bothering him for years why not have the surgery right after the season instead of waiting until March ?

  7. mmmratings says: Jul 26, 2014 7:49 AM

    I’ll never understand why people cant show up for camp fully healthy. Unless you blew a knee last winter, you should be ready to go by August.

  8. keiselsbeard says: Jul 26, 2014 8:10 AM

    The whiney little brat is already making excuses, eh? He’s tge most overrated QB, since Michael “Never won ANYTHING & Never Will” Vick.

  9. keiselsbeard says: Jul 26, 2014 8:11 AM


  10. thelastwordyaheard says: Jul 26, 2014 8:14 AM

    “I can’t stress enough that I’m not 100%.. sure that we’ll ever make the playoffs again”

  11. jimmysee says: Jul 26, 2014 8:27 AM

    He can stress 100% that he’s 100% stressed that he’s not 100% yet.

    Sounds 100% right to me.

  12. lenbias34pt says: Jul 26, 2014 8:27 AM

    100 %?

    Dude 20 times a year some of the meanest strongest men on the globe are trying to hurt you.
    You may feel 100 % 5 or 6 more times in your life!

  13. bassplucker says: Jul 26, 2014 8:28 AM

    What is excuse making for one person is simply managing expectations for another. All depends which side of the situation you’re on. That being said I agree with others here are irked when players with known injuries delay the remedy so long that they’re not ready come camp time. It hurts the whole team’s prep when a key player is not ready to go and even moreso the starting QB.

  14. natureboy704 says: Jul 26, 2014 8:31 AM

    The best up and coming qb in the best up and coming city in america, it just feels like destiny

  15. olcap says: Jul 26, 2014 8:31 AM

    If he’s really not 100%, you gotta give the guy credit for practicing. It’s hot out there.

  16. canetic says: Jul 26, 2014 8:31 AM

    I’ve never heard a QB voluntarily tell the league he is injured and not 100%.

  17. raiderufan says: Jul 26, 2014 8:33 AM

    A pile of throw aways at WR, one of the worst O-Lines you’ll ever see and a running QB coming off no off season work, a limited TC camp and a bum ankle….but HEY you have a bunch of RB’s…oh yeah, they’re never healthy….

    I don’t see how this team can be ranked any where near the top 20 in the league? I think this team will be very lucky to be .500 at the end of the year. Very very lucky.

  18. teambolt5000 says: Jul 26, 2014 8:51 AM

    Let me see if I have it right. Cam Newton, Ron Rivera and the ENTIRE Panther organization KNEW Newton had a issue with his ankle they KNEW needed surgery that would take 4 months to heal, yet he was medically cleared by the team doctor no less to fly to Hawaii and he actually PLAYED in the Pro-Bowl, and then he took some additional time off after that doing whatever (probably doing things that wasn’t good for somebody that needed surgery) until finally getting around to surgery? Did I miss anything?

    You Panther fans should be a little upset about this. Where Newton goes the Panthers go.

  19. GBwomenrhot says: Jul 26, 2014 8:55 AM

    You can’t back peddle after you’ve had ‘your bravado moments and interviews’…..DOH!!!!

  20. qdog112 says: Jul 26, 2014 8:55 AM

    None issue. Would you rather hear the old, “I’m 110%”, which is mathematically impossible?

    I hope he’s ready, but I’ll take him at 85% over most at 100.

  21. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 26, 2014 9:16 AM

    Panthers the next first to worst team in NFC south? Just look at Falcons last year.

  22. tinbender2000 says: Jul 26, 2014 9:28 AM

    So they know he had ankle surgery and what do they do? Put together a team minus a Left Tackle.

  23. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 26, 2014 10:07 AM

    LOL at Kitty trying to lower expectations

    I am well on record saying that I do not think Cam has much talent or potential and is not at level of top 3-5 young QBs…. all he really has is size and good bail out skills….. he was successful when converted to game manager, when this changes he will fail once again

  24. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 26, 2014 10:11 AM

    still wondering if Kitty or VYoung ends career with more wins

  25. TheDPR says: Jul 26, 2014 10:26 AM

    Might help him improve as a pocket passer if they don’t let him run during training camp.

  26. vikesr4reel says: Jul 26, 2014 10:33 AM

    Cam is the most overrated QB in the league by a mile
    He is awful!!
    What a joke!!

  27. eaglesnoles05 says: Jul 26, 2014 10:50 AM

    No limp during practice; linp over to autographs and Presser, harping hard on not being 100%… sounds like some early just-in-case scapegoating to me…

  28. steelerdeathstar says: Jul 26, 2014 11:00 AM

    It sounds as though Newton is getting out there with a little ‘plausible deniability’…already making an excuse that he’s not really framing as an excuse.
    Cam Newton is extremely talented, but really has yet to show that he can carry or really lift a team by himself when need be, as the very best QB’s usually can.

  29. pantherfan40 says: Jul 26, 2014 11:45 AM

    Kelvin looked great , bersin looked great, mcnutt looked great and so did dickson . Yall can hate all you want just like you did last season . Yall are gunna be mad when the panthers smack your team . And to the raiders fan up there what gives you the right to talk about our team your a raiders fan . You have no proven wrs , you have old mjd and darren mc cant even play 5 games with out getting injured fadden and not to mention you dont even have a qb and you have a mediocre at best defense .

  30. pantherfan40 says: Jul 26, 2014 11:51 AM

    Cam most overrated qb? Yea hes so over rated he was only the rookie of the year his rookie year and a 2 time probowler within his first 3 years and hes improving each season . Your just mad cam ran and threw all over your team. Keep sleeping on the panthers . We got the 2nd best defense in the nfl behind seattle and the best front 7 in the game . Yall forget about our defense.
    I love how yall say we regressed so much by loosing lafell ginn mike mitchell and munnerlyn but answer this what are they doing now? Cap and mike mitchell are both on pup and brandon lafell dropped alot of passes from brady

  31. cardiaccatsbackin2013 says: Jul 26, 2014 11:53 AM

    What a bunch of hateful comments … In three years, Cam’s done more than some of you basement-dwellers have done in your entire lives …

  32. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 26, 2014 11:58 AM

    of all the games NFL players play I wonder how many they felt or were 100%

    Caaam is a joke! dude is the anti RG3

  33. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 26, 2014 12:01 PM

    Panthers in a jam with Cam….. I believe they know he will never be top tier.. but due to marketing and “other” stuff they will have to stick with him for some time

  34. GenXJay says: Jul 26, 2014 12:13 PM

    i never understood how percentages and injuries can be calculated. Let alone, numerically rounded by “5’s.”
    If a player or doctor can effectively evaluate by percentages, shouldn’t it be more specific. Say, “84.333333?” (repeating of course).

  35. pantherdan89 says: Jul 26, 2014 12:59 PM

    In three seasons, 11,299 yds . passing, 64 tds.

    2032 yds. rushing, 28 tds.

    Most clubs would love for their QB to be that overated.

  36. riekki says: Jul 26, 2014 1:37 PM

    Dang…I wonder how Cam Newton would have done in the Super Bowl with the weapons that Manning somehow was unable to take advantage of,after all Cam had Seattle on the ropes twice and let them off the hook.I also wonder how Manning(or insert your favorite QB) would have looked in a Panther uniform the last 3 years.

  37. denverdude7 says: Jul 26, 2014 3:07 PM

    With a weak offensive line and not much talent at wide receiver Cam is the healthiest he is going to be all season right now.

    Stick a fork in the Carolina Kittens. 5 – 11 at best.

  38. baddegg says: Jul 26, 2014 4:06 PM

    Everyone cracks me up.

    If someone like RGIII says he’s ready to go, then he’s not being realistic, overhyping his return, etc.

    Then if Cam says he’s not 100%, he is lazy, a quitter, etc.

    Some folks just want to be negative about everything.

  39. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 26, 2014 6:00 PM

    Cam is the anti RG3

  40. thisguy124 says: Jul 26, 2014 6:52 PM

    This comment section is absolutely egregious. The stuff that people post on here is laughable. For the people saying “why didn’t he get the surgery sooner”, you never want to go under the knife unless it is absolutely necessary. The Panthers wanted to see if Cam’s ankle would heal on its own, but it didn’t so he got surgery. For the people saying he is overrated, how can someone be overrated when they aren’t even rated? He is rated with the tier 3 QB’s… if anything he is underrated by far. Mostof the people posting on here are either
    A) Alabama fans
    B) Division rival fans
    C) or Complete idiots

    Just give it up people. Cam isn’t a bust like y’all predicted he would be and it tears y’all apart because you were wrong.

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