Panthers G.M.: “We’re hoping it’s not too bad”

AP

After worrying all offseason about his shoulder, the Panthers now have to worry about Cam Newton‘s foot and ankle.

And their General Manager who is not known for his great optimism is trying to look on the bright side.

Panthers G.M. Marty Hurney said on the team’s radio post-game show that the hope was Newton’s injury was not too severe.

We’re hoping it’s not too bad,” Hurney said late Thursday night. “We’ll find out more tomorrow. But I hope it’s not too bad.”

Newton left his first preseason appearance of the year after 11 plays. On the last one, he scrambled around and took a sack, but the fall didn’t appear to be violent or particularly awkward.

He left Gillette Stadium in a walking boot.

Today’s tests will only hold the fate of an entire team in the balance, as the Panthers current crop of backups (Kyle Allen, Will Grier, Taylor Heinicke) don’t rise to the level of an otherwise talented roster. And if they’re not going to sign you-know-who, the market for veterans is picked over after Charlotte-resident Josh McCown signed with the Eagles.

If Newton has to miss time, it might force them into trading for a more proven commodity. Also, their entire season might be compromised because of a meaningless game.

32 responses to “Panthers G.M.: “We’re hoping it’s not too bad”

  1. If you didn’t have preseason, week 1 would see far more injuries because the guys would be hitting even harder and yet their bodies even less conditioned to do so.

  2. And this is why the beard and more and more other teams aren’t playing starters…. Period.

  3. “And if they’re not going to sign you-know-who, the market for veterans is picked over”

    I think “you know who” wants to compete for a starting job, so he wouldn’t want to be a backup.
    Now if Newton is out for the season “you know who” may want to sign with the Panthers. But then there’s that pesky salary cap & “you know who” is rumored to want $20 mill per.

  4. I appreciate the political points as it relates to “he who must not be named” but why do you keep pushing him like he is the second coming to QB’s that if just given a fair shake would rock the NFL. I refuse to believe that these owners would actively not sign this dude if he was the answer. He has been out of the league for quite awhile now….Whatever has happened to the dude fair or not…. seems like a huge leap of faith to believe he would come in and just light up a team.

  5. You Know Who: QB, 49ers. Age: 31.
    You Know Who has sparked controversy, but his football skills are the big problem. You Know Who has declined every single year since 2013, as he has refused to put the appropriate amount of work into film study. Some will point to his 16:4 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2016, but that was a farce because most of You Know Who’s production came in garbage time of blowouts. He maintained a sub-60 completion percentage, which is more of an indication of how he really played. The year before, he was benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert. No team should consider You Know Who to be a starter. At most, he’s a half-decent backup, and he’s not better enough than many of the other backups to be worth the colossal headache. WalterFootball dot com

  6. Not diving on the ball when if you drove for a TD you would’ve won the SB. Then being a total little “B” in the press conference after.

    That sums up everything you need to know about super boy.

    He might as well just quit because nobody follows him, not the panthers anymore.

    You think the fans have disgust for him not diving on the ball, just imagine his teammates. I’d hate him with every ounce of being if my team mate did that.

  7. “We’re hoping it’s not too bad.”

    Really?
    You don’t say.
    Good to know.

    Now get to work and sign Kap.
    Quit messing around.
    Don’t you care about your team?

  8. streetyson says:
    August 23, 2019 at 6:10 am
    If you didn’t have preseason, week 1 would see far more injuries because the guys would be hitting even harder and yet their bodies even less conditioned to do so.

    I never agree with a Pats fan (kidding) but once again @streetyson speaks some truth here. May not be fun to watch but seriously, gotta take some hits.

    I don’t bag on Cam because he is a good QB but I think he is a little damaged to be a great one.

  9. “I don’t bag on Cam because he is a good QB but I think he is a little damaged to be a great one.”

    ++++++++++++++++

    Don’t break your arm.

  10. Bears and Rams fans will never have to worry about this. Eventually the rest of the league will catch up and realize getting to the season fully healthy is so much more valuable than any meaningless preseason reps. That’s what practice is for.

  11. “Also, their entire season might be compromised because of a meaningless game.”

    We get it, there are too many preseason games and they show a very poor product. But it is unrealistic to think you are just going to roll out your 1st team against real opposition for the very 1st time on opening day. The game might be meaningless but those few reps are far from it.

  12. I really hope someone signs Kap so this whole thing can be over. Either he comes in and plays well, so one side can say I TOLD YOU SO, or he stinks and the other side can say I TOLD YOU SO. Either way, it would put an end to this crap.

  13. “And if they’re not going to sign you-know-who”
    Why wouldn’t they try to sign him after Andy Reid said the other day he looks like he could still play? Favre’s the qb your referring to right?

  14. Maybe Ron and the front office should look at how there 1st opponent of the year is handling the preseason (Rams) and followed suit…They’ve made the decision not to play anyone…sure both teams would have to knock off the rust in the 1st half but at least it would be with your starters.

    I have a feeling the Rams are game planning game 1 and the Panthers are going to get worked…

  15. Darin, you mentioned worrying about his shoulder all off season and now worry about his foot and ankle. You forgot his head.

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