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Cam Newton cleared to play

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Two weeks ago, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he can’t stress enough that he’s not 100 percent yet.  By the time his team plays its next preseason game, Newton apparently will be.

Via David Newton of ESPN.com, Newton has received clearance to play in next Sunday night’s game against the Chiefs.

“Cam is on track to do the things we need him to do now,” coach Ron Rivera told reporters on Sunday, via David Newton of ESPN.com.  “We’ve mapped out a lot of things. We’re now getting to the point where the work load is going to increase and things are going to change and we’re going to do things differently now.”

Newton underwent ankle surgery in late March, with an expected timetable of four months to fully recover.  On Thursday, Newton said he still feels a periodic “thump” in his ankle.

“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.

The Panthers apparently aren’t afraid that Newton will wreck himself next Sunday night.

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25 Responses to “Cam Newton cleared to play”
  1. 4thqtrsaint says: Aug 11, 2014 12:22 AM

    Thank god he can play again. I was beginning to think I’d never see a grown man pretend to be Superman again.

  2. sammyscrawfo says: Aug 11, 2014 12:43 AM

    They just held him out of the Bills game because they didn’t want Mario to destroy him like he did last year. Smart.

  3. pinkandswaggen13 says: Aug 11, 2014 2:09 AM

    Welcome back cam, all is well Cam will do just fine. Looking forward to seeing our Star Elite Qback back in action to rock the world. And by the way Cam is. Able to move our team forward and he’s not behind not one nor two years behind Mr Brees or any other Qback, he’s way head of you pushing full speed ahead.And I just believe in our Qback and the panthers and all things are possible to them that believe!!! So never say never concerning the Panthers making the playoff or the big word “SB” I just believe what one of our panthers fans said don’t be surprise when we Shock the World when the panthers do it big and win it all !!! “Lets Go Cam” Fight on panthers Lets do this Win big.

  4. pittsburghdamned says: Aug 11, 2014 3:28 AM

    Bust

  5. ravenswhat says: Aug 11, 2014 7:14 AM

    That dude loves him some Cam. Every picture just screams how impressed he is with himself.

  6. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 11, 2014 7:43 AM

    Hello Kitty

    LOL – maintain that he is not a long-term or “franchise” QB, limited skill set, not on par with other top young QBs (RG3, Luck, Tannehill, Kap, Wilson), successful as game manager only, due to “other stuff” may be difficult for Panthers to move from in coming years which may delay team progress… this said, team O is so bad that his ability to bail out plays may be biggest offensive weapon

    Carolina will probably go back to sucking…

  7. patfic5 says: Aug 11, 2014 7:46 AM

    Remember those “youngry” Bucs from a few years back? Went to the playoffs, then we’re garbage after? Panthers, you’re up.

  8. pilot2011 says: Aug 11, 2014 7:51 AM

    Lol, the same posters again. My theory that there arent that many Cam haters, just 7 or 8 really persistent ones is proving itself again!

  9. qdog112 says: Aug 11, 2014 8:13 AM

    Cam will do his part. The question is when, if ever, the front office will give him some help?

    When you look around the NFL, it seems every top young QB, is surrounded by weapons to enhance his production. Cam has 1 rookie WR, but not a top 10 WR ever?

    The OL leaks, RBs are old and broke and the secondary is patchwork. Wilson has Harvin, Luck has Wayne and Hilton , RG3 has Jackson and Garcon, Tannehill has Wallace, Manual has Watkins, Glennon has Jackson and Evans, etc.

    In the division Brees has Still and Cooks, while Ryan had White and Julio Jones. Cam still has no contract. If I didn’t know better, I’d think somebody wants him to fail, but that would crazy.

  10. abninf says: Aug 11, 2014 8:32 AM

    Did he become an icon yet?

  11. qdog112 says: Aug 11, 2014 8:40 AM

    pilot2011 says:
    Aug 11, 2014 7:51 AM
    Lol, the same posters again. My theory that there arent that many Cam haters, just 7 or 8 really persistent ones is proving itself again!
    ***************
    Same ones every time. There is a pattern.

  12. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 11, 2014 8:43 AM

    so tell me how is Cam a top young QB? he does not have potential of … Luck, RG3, or even Kap, Tannehill, Wilson… and probably not Bortles or Bridgewater or Carr….. and probably not Winston and…..

    get it… Kitty is very limited, his only lasting asset is size and ability to bail out/extend plays, and I absolutely question his leadership and potential to play in big games (look how bad he was in Auburn NCG – was pretty much 21pts to the other team with bad plays and missed plays)

  13. wfederal says: Aug 11, 2014 8:46 AM

    pittsburghdamned says: Aug 11, 2014 3:28 AM

    Bust
    _____________________________________

    In what way is he a bust? Please elaborate. 11,299 passing yards and 64 passing tds. 2,032 rushing yards and 28 tds. All in his first 3 seasons. Who else has done this?

    They will no doubt take a step back this season but Gettleman is getting them out of cap hell. Receiver corps AS A WHOLE have gotten better. Lafell was garbage, Ginn is a career special teamer and Smith admitted that he didn’t have much left in the tank in Carolina. The O-line is the only real issue right now and they will deal with that next year. They could only do so much in the cap situation they were in. Find something better to do than hate on a team you know nothing about.

  14. True Talker says: Aug 11, 2014 9:37 AM

    politicallyincorrect says: Aug 11, 2014 8:43 AM

    so tell me how is Cam a top young QB? he does not have potential of … Luck, RG3, or even Kap, Tannehill, Wilson… and probably not Bortles or Bridgewater or Carr….. and probably not Winston and…..

    get it… Kitty is very limited, his only lasting asset is size and ability to bail out/extend plays, and I absolutely question his leadership and potential to play in big games (look how bad he was in Auburn NCG – was pretty much 21pts to the other team with bad plays and missed plays)

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    You use the same tired lines over and over its actually quite pathetic.

    Does not have the potential of the other QBs you say? It looks as tho he and Luck are pacing the rest no?

    Cam has rewritten the record book since entering the league. That point has been exhausted and its only the few that refuse to see for one inexplicable reason or another.

    It’s ok if you’re not a Cam Newton fan it really is, but your obsession with proving his inadequacies is beginning to tell more of a story about you than him.

  15. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 11, 2014 9:45 AM

    truetalker either lies or sees things on a very rudimentary level

    Cams only success is when converted to game manager role.. I believe team realizes his limitations….. now, what happens when he tries or is forced to do more…. I do not believe he will be up to task or on par with other young QBs mentioned

  16. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 11, 2014 9:46 AM

    and please tell me what Cam does well….. other than size, bail out, QB plunges

  17. vnhalen says: Aug 11, 2014 9:50 AM

    i am willing to bet you that any of the haters would love to have cam on their team if he became a free agent.

  18. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 11, 2014 9:54 AM

    Redskin fan here… no I would not want Cam

  19. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 11, 2014 9:55 AM

    I even like our backup more than Cam

  20. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 11, 2014 10:09 AM

    Got to visit the Panthers camp yesterday and after seeing Cam run on that ankle (several times), I no longer think his recovery will be an issue.

    Also worth noting, I got to interact a bit with the sportswriters from ESPN, AP and the Charlotte Observer who are covering camp. Contrary to public perception, the thinking is that Cam is now surrounded by the best weapons he’s ever had. Each of the top 3 wide receiver positions (including Steve Smith’s) have been upgraded. Kelvin Benjamin isn’t just expected to be better than Smith was last year, he’s expected to make a serious run at Rookie of the Year.

  21. fwippel says: Aug 11, 2014 10:21 AM

    I think Cam was getting worried after watching Joe “just the facts ma’am” Webb’s impressive performance on Friday night.

  22. stickyicky97 says: Aug 11, 2014 10:38 AM

    The Cam haters crack me up. The kid has done nothing be mature and get better each and every year. Not to mention he has had zero off-the-field issues or problems. If you guys want to hate on players, go hate on Manziel, Rice, Gordon, or any of the numerous players getting suspended for PED violations, DUIs, assaults, etc….

    Bottom line, Cam is a great QB that will only get better. I’m sorry if you don’t like confidence and a desire to be great.

    Oh, and for the RG3 lovers, it looks like Cousins is giving him a run for his money. How’s that working out for ya?

  23. wfederal says: Aug 11, 2014 10:43 AM

    @politicallyincorrect. Explain to us what your precious RGIII does well other than get hurt, turn the ball over, whine, and make his teammates hate him? Other than doing a great Subway commercial, he is not impressive and is still far too overhyped.

  24. camisbetterthanrg3 says: Aug 11, 2014 12:57 PM

    @politicallyincorrect. Went to see what you had to say on the RGIII article and notice you’re not on there defending your boy. I guess we know now you’re nothing more than a TROLL!!!!! Well you better get there soon because they are blasting your overrated QB.

  25. thisguy124 says: Aug 11, 2014 2:48 PM

    Same posters, same story. I actually feel bad for them. They spend more time on Cam articles than their own team’s articles. People can’t just get over the fact that they were wrong about Cam being a bust and it kills them to admit it so they have to try and justify their statements by pulling the “Cam is a game manager”. Well, game managers don’t have one of THE best 3 seasons of any NFL QB.

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