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Cam Newton: “No doubt” I’m playing in Week One

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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton’s preseason work was probably over after the third preseason game under any circumstances, but a rib injury suffered against the Patriots last weekend made it a certainty.

An MRI found a hairline fracture that Newton said on Wednesday affects several ribs, leaving him with some healing up to do before the regular season. The quarterback is adamant that the injury won’t keep him from answering the bell against the Bucs on September 7.

“There’s no doubt in my mind,” Newton said, via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. “I’m just going to worry about things that I can control. I’m going to continue to come in and get as much treatment as possible so my body will be 100 percent.”

Coach Ron Rivera delivered a similar message on Wednesday, adding that the team wouldn’t be taking zone read plays out of the playbook while Newton is dealing with the rib injury. That’s likely the best thing for the Panthers’s chances of winning, but those runs and the team’s shaky offensive line mean that Newton will be at some risk of further injury once he does return to the lineup.

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15 Responses to “Cam Newton: “No doubt” I’m playing in Week One”
  1. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 27, 2014 1:12 PM

    No doubt, he won’t be the same QB.

  2. succulentnipples says: Aug 27, 2014 1:15 PM

    Big John Football would like to compete with Cammy.

  3. corkspop says: Aug 27, 2014 1:16 PM

    Panthers are fine with Anderson at the helm. They are deeper at QB than most teams.

  4. nflcommissioner says: Aug 27, 2014 1:19 PM

    Nuff said!!

  5. sb44champs says: Aug 27, 2014 1:35 PM

    Anderson? That’s hilarious!!

  6. censorshipstinks says: Aug 27, 2014 1:56 PM

    Will he get the RG3 treatment?

  7. winningisabrees says: Aug 27, 2014 2:00 PM

    Ron Riviera meant to say:
    “we are definitely taking zone option out of the playbook”

    Turn head and whispers, “this boy got old quick”

    #12meninthehuddle

  8. flipzm says: Aug 27, 2014 2:08 PM

    Even a hairline rib fracture hurts like hell and makes breathing a pain and of course is a major candidate for re-injury. We all know how violent and dirty NFL players can be and I’d bet my life savings plenty of DEs and LBs will be going to the ribs on Cam.

    Sit out first two or three games, play the rest of the season. Play the first game, potentially sit out rest of the season. Seems like an easy choice to me.

  9. chrisco4bucs says: Aug 27, 2014 2:37 PM

    No doubt, he will get punished……GOBUCS

  10. thisguy124 says: Aug 27, 2014 2:47 PM

    Cam needs to go to a time that actually respects him and gets him some weapons to work with. If I were Cam, I would sit our the whole season after his mangaement set him up with the worst O-line, receivers, and runningbacks. Doing him no favors.

  11. thisguy124 says: Aug 27, 2014 2:48 PM

    Cam needs to go to a team that actually respects him and gets him some weapons to work with. If I were Cam, I would sit our the whole season after his mangaement set him up with the worst O-line, receivers, and runningbacks. Doing him no favors.

  12. u4iadman says: Aug 27, 2014 2:57 PM

    Cam is better than RG3.

    Wish he was Raiders QB.

  13. woodrree7 says: Aug 27, 2014 3:14 PM

    Panther fans be like… OH NO, WE SUCK AGAIN!!

  14. zygizag says: Aug 27, 2014 5:32 PM

    They better keep 3 QBs.

    WEBB eventually will make a better #2 than the current #2.

  15. junkmtb says: Aug 27, 2014 7:27 PM

    Go Cam prove the naysayers wrong! Anderson is good though! I still say its his job to take from Cam. Joe Webb hopefully will be retained by the Panthers b/c eventually one of them two will be picked up by another team in need of a QB.

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