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Panthers defend letting Cam Newton play through shoulder injury

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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered a shoulder injury in Week 14, and last week decided to have surgery to repair the shoulder. Now the Panthers are facing questions about why Newton played the final weeks of the season after Carolina had been eliminated from playoff contention if his throwing shoulder was injured badly enough that he’d eventually need surgery.

But Carolina G.M. Dave Gettleman says the Panthers still try to win even when they’re out of playoff contention, Newton wanted to play and the medical staff thought he could.

We are in the business of winning,” Gettleman said, via the Charlotte Observer. “That’s what we’re here for. I just know that’s my responsibility – put the best club on the field and to win games, that’s Ron [Rivera’s] job. That’s why we’re all here. You talk about our culture here and the No. 1 priority is winning football games. Those conversations happen. Cam’s a football player. He wanted to play and the medical people felt it was fine, so we did.”

As Newton was playing hurt, the Panthers were shutting down Luke Kuechly with a concussion, but Gettleman says it’s not fair to compare the two situations.

“It’s two different cases and I’m not going to go down there,” he said. “There’s always conversations with injuries. We have this crazy idea we should care about them as people. They’re going to have long lives beyond their NFL careers.”

Unlike a concussion, Newton’s shoulder injury isn’t the kind of ailment that raises concerns about his life after football. And so the Panthers said he could keep going at the end of 2016, even if it affects his readiness when training camp opens in 2017.

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35 Responses to “Panthers defend letting Cam Newton play through shoulder injury”
  1. riraider says: Mar 26, 2017 3:02 PM

    Sometime you have to be the adult in the room and protect a player from himself. The value of a top QB cannot be overstated, he should not have been in meaningless games.

  2. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Mar 26, 2017 3:09 PM

    I’m willing to bet he didn’t hurt his shoulder diving for any loose footballs. LOL.

  3. ariani1985 says: Mar 26, 2017 3:23 PM

    Notice Erin Rogers laughs at cam?

  4. rhamrhoddy says: Mar 26, 2017 3:28 PM

    Cam played thru an injured shoulder after being eliminated because the Panthers are in the business of winning.

    That is the biggest load of crap answer he could have given.

  5. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 26, 2017 3:39 PM

    Sure… I know… Cam Newton has completed only 58% of his passes… but… his passing ability combined with his rushing ability makes him dangerous.

    After Cam Newton’s shoulder/passing ability degrades… his rushing ability will not win any games without the threat of accurate passing.

  6. tb124president says: Mar 26, 2017 3:46 PM

    and the purpose of a backup QB is ???

  7. lingsun54 says: Mar 26, 2017 3:49 PM

    They obviously care more about short term winning than long term winning. They obviously don’t care about the health of their most important player.

  8. nhpats says: Mar 26, 2017 3:50 PM

    Cam is no more elite than Joe Flacco

  9. eljefedelmundo says: Mar 26, 2017 3:57 PM

    They are so close to a deep playoff run, maybe the only missing piece is a clutch QB?

    There’s got to be something in the draft

  10. mcmccii says: Mar 26, 2017 4:01 PM

    “The number one priority is winning football games”

    The number one priority should be player and employee safety

  11. wib22 says: Mar 26, 2017 4:02 PM

    Bradford would be in the hospital by now.

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 26, 2017 4:13 PM

    Well, they aren’t paying the goof a billion dollars for his intellect or fashion sense.

  13. arvinkp says: Mar 26, 2017 4:18 PM

    What Gettleman really meant was “With Luke Kuechly out, we had to keep Cam Newton in to maximize profits. Butts in seats, buying merchandise & concessions now is more important than future success.”

  14. dudeicle says: Mar 26, 2017 4:19 PM

    does he gave some kind of games played bonus in his contract?

  15. shaggytoodle says: Mar 26, 2017 4:28 PM

    tb124president says:
    Mar 26, 2017 3:46 PM
    and the purpose of a backup QB is ??
    _____________

    They are only suppose to start when , the starting QB isn’t dressed in proper pregame attire like a tie…. Obviously…….

  16. babygaga19 says: Mar 26, 2017 4:35 PM

    But are his hats ok?

  17. therealzeitgeist says: Mar 26, 2017 4:39 PM

    I recall first game of last season Panthers vs. Broncos; with Broncos basically teeing off on Cam same way Dustin Johnson hits a drive.

    They put Cam back in there with eyes more glazed than a holiday ham after third or fourth blast.

    Playing through shoulder injuries is little league compared to that game; a heart-breaking loss that encapsulated their whole season it turned out.

  18. nhpats says: Mar 26, 2017 4:52 PM

    wib22 says:
    Mar 26, 2017 4:02 PM
    Bradford would be in the hospital by now.

    ———–
    Bradford would have gone after the fumble

  19. rootpain says: Mar 26, 2017 4:57 PM

    All part of the current NFL downward spiral. Some teams play to win the off season. Some to prop up failing post elimination statistics. All say the same thing. End of the day, it is exclusively a “making money today” business.

    For some reason, Steve Jobs’ famous Apple tagline, “Think different” comes to mind. Only team applying that is the Patriots. Argue all you want. Disparage them all you want. But it’s true. And it shows.

  20. 'boys4life says: Mar 26, 2017 4:59 PM

    My hope is Gettleman goes back and reads his comments and realizes just how completely ignorant they were.

  21. genoinabottlenyj says: Mar 26, 2017 5:17 PM

    the raiders can submit an entire list of team officials, employees, players to a database. anyone who bets on the raiders will have their name run through the database. if their name comes up they cant bet on that game.

    almost like a background check for betting on a raiders game. its efficient, simple, and probably wont cost that much in the grand scheme of things

  22. dawoger says: Mar 26, 2017 5:24 PM

    ariani1985: notice the entire football world laughs at your team the only team in nfl history to twice start the season 5-0 and miss the playoffs!

    SKOLOLOL

    BWAAHAAAHAAAHAAA!!!

  23. truevision21 says: Mar 26, 2017 5:35 PM

    Wow. Gettleman is way off on this one. If I were in Carolina, as a player, I would want to get away. Fast. So you don’t win, nor do you care for your employees as people….that’s crazy! #Gettlemanisajerk!

  24. A happy green parrot says: Mar 26, 2017 5:41 PM

    Was the injury reported?

  25. eatme2259 says: Mar 26, 2017 6:11 PM

    dawoger says:
    Mar 26, 2017 5:24 PM
    ariani1985: notice the entire football world laughs at your team the only team in nfl history to twice start the season 5-0 and miss the playoffs!

    SKOLOLOL

    ///////////

    You spelled SKOL wrong, again

  26. youknowiknowitall says: Mar 26, 2017 6:36 PM

    I don’t recall this being the injury report. For the sake of “integrity”, what’s up with that?

  27. pancaketaco says: Mar 26, 2017 8:21 PM

    “We are in the business of winning”

    So you sacrifice the following season for 2 meaningless games…this is why once the NFL vote to approve the Raiders move to Vegas I am D U N with the Panthers.

  28. captainspangled says: Mar 26, 2017 9:11 PM

    Thats the nature of the sport. If a guy is healthy enough to go, and he wants to go, he plays.

  29. tonebones says: Mar 26, 2017 9:24 PM

    This is a non-issue. If Cam had a head injury he would have been sitting, and if Kuechly had a bad shoulder, he would have been playing. My only question would be why didn’t Cam have surgery 3 months ago?

  30. akaodoyle says: Mar 26, 2017 10:10 PM

    Stop pounding for a minute, and let’s all care about Luke’s feelings.

  31. sumkat says: Mar 26, 2017 10:14 PM

    Better question….why did it take almost 4 months after the season for him to have the surgery? I don’t see a problem with playing him, guys play hurt all the time. As long as playing won’t cause more damage, it’s not a big deal at all. But IMO, I don’t see any reason why an injury that was known about in week 14, wasn’t already fixed before the superbowl was played, let alone 2 months later

  32. bucks4ever13 says: Mar 26, 2017 10:44 PM

    tonebones says:
    Mar 26, 2017 9:24 PM
    This is a non-issue. If Cam had a head injury he would have been sitting, and if Kuechly had a bad shoulder, he would have been playing. My only question would be why didn’t Cam have surgery 3 months ago?
    ________________________________________
    sumkat says:
    Mar 26, 2017 10:14 PM
    Better question….why did it take almost 4 months after the season for him to have the surgery? I don’t see a problem with playing him, guys play hurt all the time. As long as playing won’t cause more damage, it’s not a big deal at all. But IMO, I don’t see any reason why an injury that was known about in week 14, wasn’t already fixed before the superbowl was played, let alone 2 months later
    ________________________________________
    Story is they were attempting to let it heal and avoid surgery. They waited until as late as they could to have surgery without him missing any of the next season.

  33. A happy green parrot says: Mar 27, 2017 1:16 AM

    A happy green parrot says:
    Mar 26, 2017 5:41 PM
    Was the injury reported?

    14 1

    youknowiknowitall says:
    Mar 26, 2017 6:36 PM
    I don’t recall this being the injury report. For the sake of “integrity”, what’s up with that?

    ————————————-
    I got curious so I looked it up. Cam is in the report weeks 15-17. The Panthers are clean here.

  34. hehateme2 says: Mar 27, 2017 8:17 AM

    cause he’s superman, right? smh

  35. TheDPR says: Mar 27, 2017 9:01 AM

    I’m starting to think Dave Gettleman might be behind the firing of Brad’s wife.

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