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Cam Newton can still feel the “thump” in his ankle

Cam Newton, Carl Johnson AP

The Panthers have remained optimistic, but the pain in Cam Newton’s ankle hasn’t gone away just yet, a reminder he’s not quite 100 percent.

No one really expects him to play tonight in their opener against the Bills, with coach Ron Rivera saying yesterday he wanted to make sure Newton could “protect himself.”

But after having surgery in March to tighten loose ligaments in his ankle, Newton’s clearly not ready to run as he normally would, with few such chances in training camp. He said Thursday he can tell there’s still something there.

It’s like a thump from your mom when you said something that you weren’t supposed to, she’ll thump you dead in your ear or on your head,” Newton said, via the Charlotte Observer. “It’ll hurt for that little second but it’ll go away after 2-3 minutes. It’s a reminder that, hey, you better check yourself.”

Newton said he still wanted to play, but was “sticking to the program.”

With question marks at offensive tackle, and against a Bills team that features a very good defensive line, the prudent play is to work out the kinks up front with Derek Anderson, and give Newton the time he clearly needs.

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14 Responses to “Cam Newton can still feel the “thump” in his ankle”
  1. doubleogator says: Aug 8, 2014 11:19 AM

    Big Sissy…

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Aug 8, 2014 11:21 AM

    #RGIIIWannabe

  3. redandgoldhitman52 says: Aug 8, 2014 11:32 AM

    hes already making an excuse for not making the playoffs this year

  4. qdog112 says: Aug 8, 2014 11:37 AM

    “It’ll hurt for that little second but it’ll go away after 2-3 minutes. It’s a reminder that, hey, you better check yourself.”
    *******************
    Well Cam, was it for a little second or 2-3 minutes? Just sit over there until you can describe to the trainer what the deal is.

    Or just say to the media, you’re near 100% and let it go. You don’t have to feed the media with sound bites that make you sound unintelligent. (they’re gonna promote that anyway)

  5. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 8, 2014 11:43 AM

    Still can’t figure out why they waited ’til March to have Cam’s surgery when this was something that had been a problem for more than a year.

  6. yb1956 says: Aug 8, 2014 11:46 AM

    More NFL moms should have thumped their kids in the head. Maybe their wouldn’t be so many arrests.

  7. ravenswhat says: Aug 8, 2014 12:09 PM

    He looks like such a clown.

  8. steveny5 says: Aug 8, 2014 12:10 PM

    Bills fan here. Surprising how much hatin’ is going on for this young quarterback who is clearly facing a serious medical problem. No, it’s not cancer, but having an ankle with “loose tendons” dor an NFL quarterback is definitely a problem. About like an airline pilot having visual impairment.

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 8, 2014 12:24 PM

    “She’ll thump you dead on your head….”. Well, that explains a lot of things about Newton.

  10. my1voice57 says: Aug 8, 2014 12:54 PM

    I don’t understand all the animosity directed against Cam. Is it jealousy? Is it people still living in the past from when Cam was still in college? What the hell is the problem people? I say get over it already. Cam is a talented young man who has grown immensely over the past 4 years. For all you obvious haters out there I say, Let it go and get a life.

  11. chrisco4bucs says: Aug 8, 2014 1:04 PM

    5-11…….GOBUCS

  12. citizenstrange says: Aug 8, 2014 1:27 PM

    Roethlisberger has already ordered different colored shoes just in case.

  13. goninjagoninjagogo says: Aug 8, 2014 1:40 PM

    I guess Derek Anderson will be doing QA testing tonight for the line.

  14. 941bucs says: Aug 8, 2014 1:43 PM

    One of the weirdest pictures ive seen on pft to date…and thats sayin somethin

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