QCam Newton
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2 months ago1 Comment

Newton will not undergo surgery on his shoulder this offseason.

EDGE Analysis

Newton has been bothered by his shoulder for the past handful of weeks, leaving him as a limited participant in practice most days. The reigning MVP will just need to rest the shoulder over the next few months and should be cleared to participate in offseason workouts.

QCam Newton
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2 months ago

Newton (shoulder) completed 18 of 32 passes for 237 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Bucs. He also gained six yards on three rushes.

EDGE Analysis

In a strangely fitting way, Newton ended a highly disappointing season from both an individual and team perspective with another sub-par performance. He was victimized by Brent Grimes for a pick-six, and safety Keith Tandy also swiped another two of his passes. It was notably Newton's second straight multi-interception game, and third overall in 2016. Newton finishes the season with a mediocre 19:14 TD:INT ratio and just 359 rushing yards, easily a career low.

QCam Newton
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2 months ago

Newton (shoulder) is listed as active Sunday at Tampa Bay, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Newton more or less cleared the air regarding his Week 17 availability with a full session Friday, after which backup QB Derek Anderson was ruled out for the regular season finale due to an illness. With Newton under center Sunday, he'll be attempting to avoid a completion percentage below 50 percent for the sixth time in the past seven games.

QCam Newton
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2 months ago

Newton (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.

EDGE Analysis

Newton was limited prior to putting together a full practice Friday, but as coach Ron Rivera suggested earlier in the week, that involvement should be enough to allow him to play as usual Sunday. His status will still need to be confirmed, of course, but with backup Derek Anderson (illness) already ruled out, the Panthers would be forced to play Joe Webb at quarterback if Newton is unexpectedly unavailable.

QCam Newton
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2 months ago

Head coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that Newton (shoulder) is in line to play Sunday at Tampa Bay, the Panthers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Limited in both official practices to date this week, Newton's availability for Sunday's game hasn't been in question, despite the Panthers having no ability to escape the basement of the NFC South with a victory. On the heels of a dour six-game stretch in which he's failed to complete at least 50 percent of his passes five times, he'll look to wrap a forgettable season on a high note against the Buccaneers' 23rd-ranked pass defense.

QCam Newton
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2 months ago

Newton (shoulder) was limited in Wednesday's practice, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Newton's practice reps have been capped over the last three weeks due to a right shoulder injury, but his accuracy has been suspect for some time. Over the last six games, he's been held below 50 percent passing on five occasions, compiling a completion percentage of 45.3 during that stretch. There's been no indication that the Panthers will hold Newton back Sunday in Tampa Bay, but his practice participation will continue to shed light on his health.

QCam Newton
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2 months ago1 Comment

Newton completed 18 of 43 passes for 198 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions while rushing eight times for 36 yards in Saturday's 33-16 loss to the Falcons.

EDGE Analysis

Newton was kept out of the end zone in the first half, but finally broke through with a 26-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin on the final play of the third quarter. In yet another disappointing performance, the 2015 NFL MVP failed to reach 200 passing yards for the sixth time in 14 appearances. Newton's also on pace to finish with fewer than 500 rushing yards for the first time in his career, as he sits at just 353 heading into the season finale.

QCam Newton
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2 months ago

Newton (shoulder) practiced in full Thursday, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Newton progressed from no throws and a limited designation at Wednesday's session to an uninhibited showing one day later, putting him in the driver's seat to active status for Saturday's game. He's also expected to have old reliable Greg Olsen (elbow) at his disposal, despite a lack of practice to date this week, which could reap rewards against a Falcons defense that has allowed the second-most touchdown throws (28) to quarterbacks this season.

QCam Newton
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2 months ago

Newton (shoulder) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

After he was held out of throwing drills to begin Week 16 preparations, Newton's listing was a best-case scenario as he manages a lingering right shoulder injury. If he mimics his regimen from last week, he should progress to tosses in practice either Thursday or Friday. In the end, though, his availability for Saturday's contest against the Falcons isn't in peril.

QCam Newton
QB CAR (7)
2 months ago

Newton wasn't allowed to throw at Wednesday's practice, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Last week, Newton delayed throwing until Friday due to a right shoulder concern, which helped him reach 300 passing yards Monday for the first time since Week 6. If management of the shoulder is again prescribed in advance of Saturday's game against the Falcons, he's an unlikely candidate to log more than a limited practice this week. Expect clarification on Wednesday's activity level to be released in the near future.