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.