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Newton (ankle) is planned to play the entire first half of Friday's preseason game versus the Patriots, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Newton played five series in his preseason debut against Kansas City on Monday, when he went 4-of-9 for 65 yards passing in his first action since March ankle surgery. While he led the Panthers on two touchdown drives, Newton showed clear signs of needing extra work with his new receivers to build better chemistry. According to coach Ron Rivera, such an opportunity will come Friday, as Carolina's first-team offense is expected to play the entire first half in New England.

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Newton (ankle) made his preseason debut Sunday against the Chiefs, completing 4-of-9 passes for 65 yards while playing nearly the entire first half.

Newton was understandably rusty at the beginning, throwing incompletions on 5-of-6 passes to start, but he settled down and eventually led the Panthers on two scoring drives. He did not register a rushing attempt during the game, although his surgically-repaired ankle did not seem to be a factor.

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Coach Ron Rivera indicated that Newton (ankle) is expected to play at least the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Chiefs, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Newton, who is bouncing back from March surgery to tighten the ligaments in his ankle, was held out of last week's preseason opener, but he'll see action Sunday, with the report suggesting that the Panthers' play-calling when Newton is in the game figures to preclude any zone reads.

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Newton (ankle) will play in next Sunday's preseason game against the Chiefs, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Newton sat out Carolina's opening exhibition contest Friday to further preserve the health of his surgically repaired ankle. However, with the regular season inching closer, the Panthers' signal-caller will start Sunday's second preseason outing. In addition to being cleared for game action, Newton also executed read-option runs for the first time during training camp on Sunday, when rainy conditions didn't restrict his mobility. Although it's yet to be confirmed, Newton appears to be fairly close to 100 percent healthy and will use Sunday's game to advance the rapport he's building with Carolina's revamped receiving corp.

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Newton (ankle) won't play against the Bills on Friday.

Newton will rest for the preseason opener, as expected. The young signal-caller is still recovering from offseason surgery on his ankle, and his main goal remains being ready for the regular season opener. The Panthers will likely give Derek Anderson, Matt Blanchard and Joe Webb the reps under center in Newton's absence.

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Newton (ankle) is not expected to play in Friday's preseason opener against the Bills, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Newton would have likely only played a series or two anyway, so rather than risk aggravating what is now a minor ankle injury, the Panthers seem content to let him sit this one out. As of now, the team still expects him to suit up and start Week 1. In Newton's stead, look for all three of the other Panthers quarterbacks (Derek Anderson, Matt Blanchard and Joe Webb) to see extended run.

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Newton's (ankle) status for Friday's preseason opener against the Bills is unclear, though if he does suit up, coach Ron Rivera indicated that the QB would do little more than hand the ball off, the Charlotte Observer reports.

After participating in some individual drills Thursday and also working with QB coach Ken Dorsey off to the side, Newton rode a cart to the training room in order to undergo scheduled treatment on his ankle with head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion. "R.V. was going to take him up, work on that ankle and see where that ankle exactly is," Rivera noted. "It's a chance for R.V. to get his hands on (Newton) and really see where Cam is in terms of his progress." Thus far, the quarterback has been limited in training camp, but with no reported setbacks, the goal remains to have Newton at (or around) 100 percent in advance of Week 1.

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Newton (ankle) participated in team drills Wednesday for the first time during training camp, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Newton was a full participant in Friday's family scrimmage night, but admitted afterward that he is still short of being 100 percent healthy. Now, with an 11-on-11 session in regular practice, Newton seems to be building his workload after having ankle surgery back in March. While the Panthers' Pro Bowl signal-caller is expected to be ready for the regular season, it's unclear whether he'll suit up for Friday's preseason opener against the Bills. Expect his status to be updated as the week unfolds and kick-off nears.

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Cam Newton (ankle surgery) has been fully cleared for training camp.

Newton did 7-on-7 work during OTAs, planting with his right foot and looking near 100 percent. He's not expected to be too limited during camp. The procedure was designed to tighten some ligaments in his ankle, alleviating some pain and giving him more power off cuts. Newton, who has played in all 16 games in each of his three NFL seasons, is not an injury risk.

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Cam Newton (ankle surgery) was medically cleared to work out last week.

Newton announced on his Instagram that he's not yet 100 percent, but he should be plenty ready for the start of training camp. This week, Newton has been working out at Under Armour headquarters and throwing the ball around with fellow UA clients Randall Cobb, Torrey Smith, and teammate Kelvin Benjamin.