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Panthers don’t want to put Cam Newton out there too soon

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From the looks of practice Thursday, the Panthers aren’t planning on seeing much of Cam Newton tomorrow night.

But Panthers coach Ron Rivera wasn’t ready to commit to any direction Thursday, saying the ultimate determination would be made by the team’s medical staff, after head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion checked Newton out post-practice.

And even though he didn’t say any names — cough, Robert Griffith III, cough — he said he wanted to make sure they didn’t want to put Newton out there until he could “protect himself.”

“We want to learn from those things and make sure we are set and ready to go with our quarterback,” Rivera said. “I’m just saying we want to make sure when we get our guy on the field, he’s ready to roll.”

Newton’s had moments in camp where he appeared to hobble, but has pushed through. But the Panthers have long-term concerns, and Rivera voicing those on the eve of the preseason  opener makes it seem that Newton’s condition isn’t as cut-and-dried as it appeared.

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10 Responses to “Panthers don’t want to put Cam Newton out there too soon”
  1. corkspop says: Aug 7, 2014 12:36 PM

    We already know he can play. Don’t risk it.

  2. redandgoldhitman52 says: Aug 7, 2014 12:56 PM

    cam is a baffoon with size. not a good qb. i dont know what panthers see in him. vince young is a much better qb then cam. even tim tebow is better then cam. how many playoff games has cam won?

  3. kgun80 says: Aug 7, 2014 1:15 PM

    If this kid had any weapons besides Olsen he would be a top 10 QB. But I can understand the Panthers coaches not wanting to put him in harms way especially against the Bills pass rush

  4. vikesr4reel says: Aug 7, 2014 1:35 PM

    Cam is such a joke nowdays!!!
    we all knew that though!!

  5. pittsburghdamned says: Aug 7, 2014 1:45 PM

    They want to keep him away from the microphones. Dude is duh-uh-umb.

  6. linvillegorge says: Aug 7, 2014 1:47 PM

    I would be surprised if we see him out there before the 3rd preseason game.

  7. junkmtb says: Aug 7, 2014 2:05 PM

    Aaaaaaah put him out there for a few snaps on Friday!!!!!! And whats all this hate for Cam Newton for???? Folks act like he’s the worse QB to play in the league and dude is good! Soon to be Great!!!!

  8. onlysane1intheroom says: Aug 7, 2014 2:06 PM

    Because he’s still studying the playbook.

  9. onenineninee says: Aug 7, 2014 2:13 PM

    Season 4 and this dude still doesn’t have the weapons Cutler, Stafford, Kaepernick, Dalton, Ryan etc have. Yet he still finds a way to put up great numbers. I’d love to see him go through just one year with two great WRs. He’d probably put down 5000 passing yards.

  10. nfloracle says: Aug 7, 2014 3:23 PM

    I have a sinking feeling that there’s more going on with Newton’s ankle than any of us realize. Wasn’t this supposed to be a relative simple procedure with a 100% healing by this time?

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