Cam Newton Injury: Updates on Panthers QB's Ribs and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2014

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Updates from Sunday, Sept. 14

The Panthers confirm Cam Newton is active for Week 2:


Updates from Friday, Sept. 12

Steve Reed of the Associated Press provides an update on Cam Newton's status:


Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 10

Cam Newton spoke with the media after Wednesday's practice and talked about his injury and entering the huddle last week despite being inactive via Steed Reed of the Associated Press and Black and Blue Review: 

Via the Panthers Twitter account, Newton talked about being prepared for Sunday: 

Lauren Beasley of Radio One Detroit added:

Gregg Rosenthal of reported on Newton's activity at Panthers practice:

Newton was in full pads for the start of practice, indicating that all systems are go as he returns from his rib injury. Newton missed practice last Wednesday, and was limited throughout the week. He wound up serving as the most well covered cheerleader in franchise history.

Black and Blue Review later reported on Newton's activity in practice:


Updates from Monday, Sept. 8

Ron Rivera spoke about Cam Newton's status for the week and the Panthers' Week 2 game (via Black and Blue Review and David Newton of ESPN):

Steve Reed of The Associated Press also passed along comments from Rivera on Derek Anderson in the backup role:


Updates from Sunday, Sept. 7

After the game, Ron Rivera spoke about the decision to sit Cam Newton (via Black and Blue Review):

The Carolina Panthers confirmed that Newton will not play in Sunday's season-opener:

Following that announcement, Bleacher Report's Will Carroll broke down Newton's status:

Earlier, NBC Sports' Darin Gantt reports who is likely to start at quarterback for the Panthers today:

A league source tells PFT that it’s still unlikely that Cam Newton plays today against the Buccaneers because of the rib injury suffered in Week Three of the preseason. ...

... Newton has been trying to talk his way into the lineup all week (though he’s not a fan of taking pain-killing shots), but the Panthers are trying to balance the long-term health considerations.

Barring some last-minute lobbying by his quarterback, however, the Panthers are still expected to play it safe.

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer continued:

Plan right now is to start Derek Anderson, not Cam Newton. Fear is shot on ribs puts Cam out 3-4 wks. Still up to Cam to change their minds and show he can protect himself


Updates from Friday, Sept. 5

Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review has more on Cam Newton from Panthers head coach Ron Rivera:

"That's the reason he came out (to Friday's walkthrough), to show he can do it. But there’s some things you can't measure, and that's how he's going to react if he gets hit,” Rivera said.

The Panthers are concerned Newton's playing style will leave him susceptible to further injury. Even with fractured ribs and what still may be an iffy ankle, he'll try to make a play, even if it means taking a hit. ...

... Then on Friday, he did what he does.

"We had a play called and he decided to check it and keep the ball, which we don't want. We want him to go with the play, be smart about what's going on, but he's going to do … it's him," Rivera said.

"So we're concerned. But understanding who he is, that's the whole part of the thing that's going to come into play making this decision. He wants to play, he wants to win, and that's him."'s Max Henson has the latest on Newton:

Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer has more:

Black and Blue Review has an update as well:

Person has good news regarding Newton:


Updates from Thursday, Sept. 4

David Newton of ESPN reported on Cam Newton from Panthers practice:

Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reported on Newton's activity during the session:

The Panthers later updated his status and Ron Rivera discussed his star quarterback (via the Panthers):

Jonathan Jones of The Charlotte Observer also passed along comments from Rivera: 


Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 3

ESPN's David Newton has the latest on Cam Newton:

However, Ron Rivera explained that Panthers fans have no need to panic:


Updates from Monday, Sept. 1

ESPN NFL Nation's David Newton posted an image of Cam Newton:

Jonathan Jones of The Charlotte Observer provided a synopsis of Panthers head coach Ron Rivera discussing Newton's recovery: 

Following practice, Rivera spoke about Newton's health (via the Panthers and Steve Reed of the Associated Press):


Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 27

Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer passed along comments from Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on his status for the season opener:

Head coach Ron Rivera also discussed Newton's ribs (via Person and Steve Reed of The Associated Press):


Updates from Sunday, Aug. 24

The Panthers provided an update on Newton's status:

Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer points out how the injury happened: 


Original Text

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was shaken up during the team's third preseason game against the New England Patriots

Jonathan Jones of The Charlotte Observer provided further details on Newton's injury and status:

Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer has more details from head coach Ron Rivera:

Panthers running back Mike Tolbert remained upbeat about the situation, via Person:

Coming into the season, questions persisted about how effective Newton would be following offseason ankle surgery. The 25-year-old faced a lengthy rehab and wasn't able to begin participating in the Panthers training camp until July:

Despite that setback, Rivera said at the time that Newton would start the season opener, per's David Newton:

"Cam is going to participate full-go," Rivera said. "Obviously, we'll monitor to make sure. He'll go through his treatments just like he's supposed to in terms of maintenance, but he's starting Day 1 on the field."

While Newton will bounce back from this injury, Panthers fans must be breathing long sighs of relief. If Newton were to ever suffer a serious injury and miss time, Derek Anderson, who hasn't started a game since his forgettable season with the Arizona Cardinals in 2010, would be the signal-caller. He's attempted four regular-season passes since joining the Panthers in 2011. 

Anderson won't inspire much confidence among Panthers fans, and he doesn't have a lot of weapons with which to work in the passing game. Carolina's hopes of replicating the success it saw last season would be even slimmer.


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