Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton continues to deal with two offseason and preseason medical issues—first, surgery for a lingering ankle injury and later a broken rib—leaving fantasy drafters and owners with a few unanswered questions.
Will he start the season? Will he play at a lower level due to the injuries? What about the rest of the year?
Two health concerns surfacing before the regular season even starts certainly does not represent an ideal scenario. However, as of now, neither merits benching the quarterback for a backup during the first week of fantasy football action—though owners are also not entirely out of the woods.
Let's take a closer look.
Problem No. 1: The Ankle