Ron Rivera said Cam Newton as limited participant is “new normal”

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The Panthers listed Cam Newton as a limited participant in practice Thursday, something coach Ron Rivera calls the quarterback’s “new normal” following offseason shoulder surgery.

“All part of the protocol that has been set up by our doctors and trainers,” Rivera said, via Max Henson of the team website. “This is going to be part of his maintenance as we go through the season.”

Rivera said Newton will take days when he limits his throwing but will never take a day completely off. Newton underwent surgery on his right shoulder March 30.

“He’s not going to take a true rest day. He just won’t,” Rivera said. “This is the compromise. He’s going to go through the other types of stuff [during practice]. The only thing we’re trying to maintain obviously is the shoulder.”

The Panthers expect defensive tackle Vernon Butler to make his debut after missing the season opener with a knee injury. Butler was a full participant Thursday.

12 responses to “Ron Rivera said Cam Newton as limited participant is “new normal”

  1. Granted it was the first week of the season, but he didn’t look that impressive against a bad 49ers team. Won’t be surprised if the Bills beat them this week.

  2. Panthers have a better chance of beating Buffalo in the air than they do on the ground. Lack of practice hurts the timing plays and that’s not good.

  3. corkspop – generally yeah, that’s true. But almost this entire receiving core are all the same guys he’s been working with for years. They’re operating under the same OC that they’ve been working with for years. It’s not like he’s gotta get in a new groove in a new system with a bunch of new receivers or anything.

    So yeah, not the most ideal thing in the world to miss some practice reps, but given the circumstances it’s not that big of a deal either. Right now, keeping him fresh for gamedays is an understandable priority #1.

  4. svengali666 says:
    September 14, 2017 at 11:09 pm
    Nobody in that locker respects the non diver.

    Bingo! That one play will probably define his career.

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