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Coach Ron Rivera indicated Monday that Newton (back) came out of Sunday's win over the Browns healthy, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Newton may still appear on the Panthers' Week 17 injury report, but with no setbacks in his return to action Sunday, the QB is on track to start this coming weekend's NFC South showdown against the Falcons, with the division title at stake.

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Newton (back) completed 18-of-31 passes for 201 yards, with one touchdown and one interception, while also adding 63 rushing yards and another score on 12 carries during Sunday's win over the Browns.

Playing in his first game since suffering two transverse fractures in his back, Newton showed early on that the injury would not be an issue, rushing on his second play from scrimmage and then breaking off a 15-yard run later in the drive. He connected with seven different receivers on the day, throwing his lone touchdown to running back Jonathan Stewart with 7:07 left in the game to put the Panthers up for good. Up next is a Week 17 matchup against the Falcons, with the winner taking the NFC South title.

Cam Newton QB CAR 1 Day

Newton (back) is active and will start Sunday's game against the Browns, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Newton has been given the green light by doctors and will be back under center after missing just one game due to his back injury. He will wear a protective vest, but he still may be a bit tender just 12 days after the accident, so he may be more tentative than usual to escape the pocket and make plays happen with his feet. Plus, if the Browns defense is hemorrhaging rushing yards like it did last week, Newton may spend much of the day handing the ball off to Jonathan Stewart.

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Newton (back) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Browns, the Charlotte Observer's Joe Person reports.

This news makes it all but certain that Newton will be under center Sunday afternoon. Head coach Ron Rivera said Newton is "on track" to start and that "everything is positive" regarding the quarterback's injury. You'll want to confirm his status Sunday before using him, but Newton looks like he will be safe to deploy, though he may not need to go to the air very frequently against the Browns if the running game is gashing Cleveland's D like the Bengals did last week.

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Newton (back) practiced fully Thursday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports. Barring a setback, coach Ron Rivera said that he "probably" expects Newton to start Sunday versus the Browns, according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer.

During Newton's media session, he relayed that he's experienced no discomfort in practice the past two days. While admitting he must be "100 percent" for the Panthers to clear him, Rivera's eventual decision will be predicated on his ability to avoid an aggravation of his back in advance of Sunday's game. Expect Rivera to make the call between Newton and Derek Anderson on Friday.

Cam Newton QB CAR 4 Days

Newton (back) handled all first-team reps in the individual portion of drills Thursday, Joe Person of Charlotte Observer reports.

The development comes one day removed from Newton splitting reps with his backup, Derek Anderson, and could mean that the former is on track to start in Week 16 against the Browns. Such a decision is expected to be made by coach Ron Rivera on Friday, which won't leave owners in limbo heading into the weekend.

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Newton (back) split reps with Derek Anderson in practice Wednesday, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports. Afterward, coach Ron Rivera told NFL Network, "I like what I saw. Tomorrow will be a big day, especially in AM, to see where he is."

Newton's return to practice is an encouraging sign for his Week 16 availability, which will be confirmed, one way or another, by Rivera on Friday, when he'll confirm the Panthers' starting quarterback, according to Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer. As a result, interested parties should tune in after the final practice of the week to learn if Newton will in fact be under center Sunday against the Browns.

Cam Newton QB CAR 5 Days

Newton (back) returned to practice Wednesday, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Newton made his first appearance since sustaining two transverse process fractures to his lower back last Tuesday. Although he yielded a majority of the first-team reps to Derek Anderson in the portion of practice open to the media, Newton didn't appear particularly limited. As the week continues, Newton will seemingly be given every opportunity to establish his health in advance of Sunday's game against the Browns.

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Head coach Ron Rivera said Sunday that he will not make a decision about Newton's (back) status for Week 16 against the Browns until he sees him in practice Monday and Wednesday, ESPN.com reports.

Newton has held out of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers after suffering two transverse process fractures in his back during a car accident Tuesday, though there was a light expectation that he would be able to return in Week 16 because Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo took only one game off after suffering a similar injury in a game. If Newton is unable to play, Derek Anderson who started against the Bucs, would be under center again.

Cam Newton QB CAR 8 Days

The Panthers are optimistic that Newton, who is inactive for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers after suffering a back injury in a car crash earlier this week, will play next week against the Browns, NFL.com reports.

Despite their 4-8-1 record, the Panthers are still in the thick of the NFC South race, and Newton wants to get back on the field as quickly as possible. Tony Romo missed just one game with a similar ailment this season, though the circumstances surrounding Newton's injury are obviously much more traumatic. We'll be tracking his status closely in the days leading up to Week 16.