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Ron Rivera: Cam Newton had a good day Monday

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2016, file photo, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) lies on the turf after being hit against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game in Atlanta. Newton was not at the start of practice for the second straight day while dealing with a concussion. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt, File) AP

The Panthers lost with Derek Anderson starting at quarterback on Monday night, which made the status of Cam Newton one of the biggest issues on the agenda during coach Ron Rivera’s press conference on Tuesday.

Newton remains in the concussion protocol after being injured in Week Four, but stepped up his activity level on Monday in the hours before the start of the game with the Bucs. Rivera said it was a positive step for Newton, although he didn’t have an update about how Newton was feeling the next day.

“He had a good day on Monday,” Rivera said, via the Charlotte Observer. “He came out and worked out with our training staff. They took him out and he ran. He threw the ball. … He lifted. I don’t know how he is today. I haven’t had a chance to see him. But I know he did a lot. They put a lot on his table. So we’ll see how he is.”

Newton’s activities didn’t end there. Lisa Salters of ESPN shared a picture of Newton riding a Segway-like motorized vehicle through Charlotte without wearing a helmet, which led to another question for Rivera.

“I’m not going to worry about that. I don’t know,” Rivera said. “The bottom line is he’s an adult. And we’ll go from there.”

The Panthers hope Newton’s wearing a helmet in New Orleans next Sunday, although it will still be a little while before we know if that’s how things will play out.

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17 Responses to “Ron Rivera: Cam Newton had a good day Monday”
  1. TheCommish says: Oct 11, 2016 2:08 PM

    Huh. Well the rest of the Panthers didn’t.

  2. weepingjebus says: Oct 11, 2016 2:10 PM

    That Segway photo is alarming, I can barely even see what kind of amazing hat he’s wearing.

  3. beerbudsnbevo says: Oct 11, 2016 2:12 PM

    No sense rushing him back…Cats are finished

  4. maust1013 says: Oct 11, 2016 2:25 PM

    If only that could have been said of the rest of the team

  5. mogogo1 says: Oct 11, 2016 2:28 PM

    Small thing that says a lot about the inner workings of the team. Not only is it totally nuts for somebody in the concussion protocol to be riding a scooter with no helmet but Rivera can’t even come out and say it’s a bad idea for fear of hurting Cam’s feelings.

  6. athwartships says: Oct 11, 2016 2:32 PM

    Now if the rest of the team can get over whatever jitters they are having, maybe they can shoot for .500.

  7. sammievee says: Oct 11, 2016 2:42 PM

    Glad to hear this from the coach. Now as to the QB commenting on coach… ‘Coach Ron had a game management nightmare at the end of the Monday game. Cost us game, in fact.’

  8. sb44champs says: Oct 11, 2016 2:52 PM

    The bottom line is he’s an adult.
    Um, I beg to differ

  9. PFT-made-me-change-my-handle says: Oct 11, 2016 3:00 PM


  10. icebergsimpson says: Oct 11, 2016 3:19 PM

    What a fall from grace. Getting dominated by a depleted Buccaneer team on MNF? Good grief, Charlie Brown.

  11. cma1973 says: Oct 11, 2016 3:32 PM

    Feels like anyone in the protocol probably shouldn’t be operating a motorized anything.

  12. nfloracle says: Oct 11, 2016 3:52 PM

    Cam’s an adult?

    Darn, he sure had me fooled.

    Take yesterday, for example. Instead of being on the sideline in Atlanta supporting his team, he’s out surfing the streets of downtown Charlotte on a goofy scooter of some sort while wearing a mini-bowler hat and doing impersonations of a cultural icon.

    That’s adult behavior, no baloney.

  13. doubleogator says: Oct 11, 2016 4:32 PM

    Watch for Michael Mauti Cam he’s gonna get you again…

  14. RegisHawk says: Oct 11, 2016 6:18 PM

    He rode his scooter and had ice cream and went to a petting zoo…a good day overall.

  15. justbegbaby says: Oct 11, 2016 7:32 PM

    Glad he had a good day. Did he come up with a new self-promo dance? New ensemble outfit with hat? New way to claim total credit for team accomplishments? BTW, his teammates have quit. This season is ovah! Keep dabbing Camera!

  16. demskinsbaby says: Oct 11, 2016 7:48 PM

    Missing Josh Norman yet?

  17. ibillwt says: Oct 12, 2016 9:18 PM

    Knew the guy was a knucklehead but Jeeze Louise.

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