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Cam Newton Arrives at Panthers Practice Minus His Walking Boot

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton arrived at practice Tuesday without his walking boot according to The Athletic Panthers beat writer Joseph Person.

With the Panthers hitting their bye after Sunday’s trip to London, it is very possible Cam returns in Week 8 against San Francisco’s daunting pass rush.

It’s still a hopeful outlook as the team has survived behind Christian McCaffrey’s MVP-like 23.3/140.7/1.3 rushing and 6.3/60.7 receiving in three consecutive wins with Kyle Allen under center.

The winning streak gives the Panthers the luxury of making sure Newton is 100 percent recovered from his Lisfranc injury before putting him back on the field.

Report: Panthers QB Cam Newton Dealing with a Lisfranc Injury

There’s more bad news for the Panthers, as despite winning Sunday they could be without their starting quarterback for a while.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday that Cam Newton is believed to be dealing with a Lisfranc injury.

The plan for now is for Newton to continue rehabbing and avoid surgery, but he could be sidelined for some time, Pelissero adds.

Joe Person of The Athletic was first to report the news.

The development comes one day after the Panthers ruled out Newton for their Week 4 matchup against the Houston Texans. Kyle Allen will get the start this week.

“What Cam needs right now is time and rest for his foot,” coach Ron Rivera said in a statement Monday. “We want him at 100 percent when he’s ready, so there’s no exact timetable for his return. At this point, we’re going to go forward with Kyle (Allen) as our starter.”

Panthers Earn First Win of 2019; Beat Up Cardinals in Arizona 38-20

After a couple of losses and losing their starting QB, the Panthers played by far their best game of the season, pulling out an 18-point win 38-20 on the road against the Cardinals.

Here’s video highlights of the first Panthers win of the season:

Cam Newton Out Against the Cardinals; Kyle Allen to Start at QB

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been officially ruled out of Sunday’s road game against the Cardinals according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The news was fully expected after it was announced that Newton has re-aggravated his preseason foot injury is last Thursday’s loss to the Bucs and had been unable to practice all week.

Second-year UDFA Kyle Allen will start under center.

Allen’s pedigree is not impressive but he did play well in a start against the Saints in Week 17 last season-and frankly, he couldn’t be much worse than Newton has been in the first two weeks of the 2019 season. The Panthers may be looking at a multi-week absence for their franchise quarterback.

TNF Preview: The Panthers Look to Get in the Win Column at Home Against the Buccaneers

The Panthers in week one were home losers to the Rams, and tonight they will try to get their first win of the year on National TV as they play host to the Buccaneers.

The Bucs were also week one losers, falling at home to the 49’ers, so both teams are hungry to get their first win of 2019.

Here’s three keys for a Cats win:

1. Feed McCaffrey

The best playmaker on the field on either offense is Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, and last week he got off to a good start, rushing for 128 yards, and he also added 10 receptions against the Rams.

McCaffrey is at his best when he’s in the open field, and with a Bucs D that allowed too many big plays and points last week to the 49’ers, he should be in line for another solid game.

A big game for McCaffrey means more chances for Cam Newton.

2. Can the Panthers Young WR’s Step Up?

Last week up and coming receivers Chris Samuel and D.J. Moore had 10 combined catches in the close loss to the Rams at home.

This week expect them to get more chances in the Cats offense, as Newton will need to look downfield against a Tampa Bay offense that seems to be open to giving up big plays early and often.

3. Pressure Winston

Last week Bucs QB Jameis Winston threw three picks in their opening day home loss to the 49’ers, and some of that was due to the pressure that the Niners were able to get up front.

The Panthers let the Bucs escape with a 24-17 win the last time they played in Tampa last December, but that’s when the Cats were already in their free fall and not able to do much of anything on either side of the ball.

This time they are focused on both sides of the ball, and while it took them some time to get going against the Rams, the second half they played better, they need a big effort from the D to do that again on Thursday night.

Rams at Panthers NFL Week One Inactives

Rams

OT Bobby Evans
DT Greg Gaines
CB David Long
TE Johnny Mundt
LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo
C Coleman Shelton
WR Nsimba Webster

Panthers

DT Vernon Butler
OG Brandon Greene
QB Will Grier
LB Bruce Irvin
LB Jordan Kunaszyk
OT Greg Little
WR Brandon Zylstra

Ron Rivera Says There’s ‘No Doubt’ QB Cam Newton Will Play Week One

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says “there’s no doubt in my mind” that Cam Newton will play in the team’s regular season opener against the Rams, the Associated Press reports.

Rivera says the 30-year-old quarterback has made “good strides” after suffering a mid-foot sprain in last Thursday night’s preseason game against at New England.

Newton threw on the side field Tuesday but did not practice.

Rivera expects Newton will return to practice when the Panthers begin preparations for the opener against the Rams on Sept. 8.

Like the team’s other starters, Newton will not play in the final preseason game Thursday night against the Steelers.

Panthers Getting Nervous About Kicker Graham Gano’s Availability for the Opener

A report says that the Panthers are starting to get “uneasy” about veteran kicker Graham Gano’s availability for the start of the regular season.

Gano has been unable to kick during training camp or the preseason due to a leg injury. “Well, we’ll see. Hopefully what’ll happen is, in the next day or two as he continues going through his process of working back to health, we’ll know whether he’s going to kick or not,” coach Ron Rivera said Monday. “If he’s able to, he most certainly will. That’s for sure.”

Through camp, Rivera has remained optimistic the veteran would be ready for the regular season and repeatedly backed Gano, but the coach is finally voicing concern. With Gano remaining out, rookie kicker Joey Slye has been perfect through the preseason. The Virginia Tech product nailed 6 of 6 field goal attempts — including from 55 and 54 yards — and both of his extra-point tries.

The last time Gano was challenged in Panthers camp was 2017, when Harrison Butker showed out during the preseason. Carolina, however, stuck with the (more expensive) veteran and cut Butker, who landed in Kansas City and has been a big-legged stalwart for the Chiefs. Gano responded to that challenge with a Pro Bowl season. Now, however, he’s coming off a disappointing 2018 campaign in which he dealt with injury and made just 87.5 of his field-goal attempts with three missed PATs.

The Panthers would save nothing on the salary cap by cutting Gano, who has been their kicker for the past seven seasons. But it seems possible that his job could be in jeopardy if he does not show he is ready for action very soon.

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