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Panthers can’t commit to Cam Newton playing Friday

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Maybe the Panthers need to get Dr. Jones to declare Cam Newton 100 percent too.

Because like Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, there’s a chance the Panthers’ starter might sit out the preseason opener too.

According to the Charlotte Observer, Panthers coach Ron Rivera hedged when asked about Newton playing in Friday’s opener, saying he wanted to wait and see how Newton felt after Thursday’s practice.

“I’m not going to say yes and all of a sudden he’s not going to. And I’m not going to say no and all of a sudden he’s going to,” Rivera said. “I’ve been told, in talking with the trainers, that we can’t make a decision right now.”

Newton hasn’t missed a practice in training camp after having surgery in March to tighten loose ligaments in his ankle. But he also hasn’t been scrambling much in team drills, with Joe Webb doing most of that.

If Newton does play, it won’t be much, and Rivera admitted: “And I imagine it’d involve a lot of handing the ball off.”

Much like in Dallas, an entire plan is being built around the quarterback being healthy and productive. And until the Panthers see Newton able to be Newton, there’s still going to be some breath-holding.

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8 Responses to “Panthers can’t commit to Cam Newton playing Friday”
  1. mmmratings says: Aug 6, 2014 8:42 AM

    Questionable O-Line. Questionable receivers. Stewart and Deangelo another year older. Greg Hardy still facing suspension. And now, 8 months after their final game, a still recovering Newton. That defense better pitch shutouts. Could the offense gel and come together to be as adequate as last year? Yeah, it could. But there is writing on the wall in Charlotte that we’re looking at some regression here…

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Aug 6, 2014 9:03 AM

    Cam Newton CAREER Statistics:

    2011: 21 touchdowns
    2011: 19 touchdowns
    2011: 24 touchdowns

    … WITH Steve Smith

    ENJOY.

  3. doctorrustbelt says: Aug 6, 2014 9:04 AM

    Cam Newton CAREER Statistics:

    2011: 21 touchdowns
    2012: 19 touchdowns
    2013: 24 touchdowns

    … WITH Steve Smith

    ENJOY.

  4. goodguyattorney says: Aug 6, 2014 9:56 AM

    Actually, Cam Newton CAREER Statistics:

    2011: 35 touchdowns
    2012: 27 touchdowns
    2013: 30 touchdowns

    … WITH rushing touchdowns.

  5. doctorrustbelt says: Aug 6, 2014 10:03 AM

    You mean… WITH All-Pro Jordan Gross and All-Pro Ryan Kalil.

  6. alcore1 says: Aug 6, 2014 10:53 AM

    GO PANTHERS!!

  7. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 6, 2014 3:31 PM

    Tickets to NFL preseason games should be free. It is now a bunch of guys who will probably not even make the roster on the field with the key players watching on the sideline.

  8. kepickle says: Aug 6, 2014 8:42 PM

    it’s the 1st Preseason Game ……GOOD LORD you folks are crazy

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