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Newton completed 24-of-35 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-19 loss to the Steelers. He also lost a fumble and ran for seven yards on two carries.
Newton made some nice throws to pile up yardage, but he struggled on third downs, and the Panthers had just 42 yards on eight rushing attempts as a team. Newton was favoring his surgically-repaired left ankle in the fourth quarter, and was then replaced by Derek Anderson for the team's final meaningless drive, which concluded with a touchdown pass to rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin. While the 6-5 rookie is off to a fast start, the Carolina offensive line doesn't look good, nor do the team's other wide receivers. Newton should be able to get by with his arm by heavily relying on Benjamin and TE Greg Olsen, but it'll be a major concern for fantasy owners if the lingering ankle issue saps some of Newton's ability to run. The Panthers' QB has just six rushing attempts for 26 yards through two games.
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Newton (ribs) didn't appear on the Panthers' injury report Wednesday, the team's official site reports.
While Newton's healing ribs aren't hindering his practice participation, owners should keep an eye on his game play in the coming weeks to ensure the ailment is behind him. In his debut Sunday versus the Lions, he was crisp, completing 22-of-34 passes for 281 yards and one touchdown, while dashing on four occasions for 19 yards. No matter, he may find the going tough this coming Sunday against the Steelers' seventh-ranked pass defense, which has allowed 186 yards per game through two outings.
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Newton (ribs) completed 22-of-34 passes for 281 yards and one touchdown, while also rushing four times for 19 yards in Sunday's win over the Lions.
Newton fared well in his season debut, averaging nearly 13 yards per completion and showing no signs of being limited by his ribs injury. If anything, Newton's surgically-repaired ankle slightly impacted his performance by contributing toward his minimal rushing attempts. Nonetheless, he proved to be a dynamic passer and threaded a dart to wideout Jason Avant to score a third quarter touchdown that gave Carolina's a lead they never relinquished. Newton will look to build on a solid opening performance against the Steelers in Week 3 next Sunday night.
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Newton (ribs) is active for Sunday's game against the Lions.
Newton may have a bit more armor in place to protect his healing ribs, but the dual threat is taking the field, after participating fully in practice all week. In his sole career matchup versus Detroit in 2011, he tossed a career-high four picks but offset the mishaps with 280 yards passing and three touchdowns, two of them on the ground.
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Newton (ribs) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Lions, and head coach Ron Rivera said there is "no doubt" Newton will start the contest, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Newton sat out last week's victory over the Buccaneers while completing his recovery from a hairline fracture in his ribs, but he practiced fully all three days this week and is ready to make his season debut in Week 2.
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Newton (ribs) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.
According to Steve Reed of the Associated Press, Newton stated in Wednesday's post-practice news conference that he's "absolutely" ready to start Sunday against the Lions, which was backed up by his lack of a cap in his workload. Barring a setback, which would only occur via a hit, expect him to be under center in Week 2.
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Newton (ribs) said after Wednesday's practice that he'll "absolutely" start Sunday's game against the Lions, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
Newton's enthusiasm is an encouraging sign, but his practice participation Wednesday remains unknown. Still, he began drills in full pads, which signified the growing health of his cracked ribs. Expect his availability for Week 2 to be evident by week's end.
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Newton (ribs) entered Wednesday's practice in full pads, NFL.com reports.
Newton was expected to practice, but his presence in full pads points toward the improved health of his healing ribs. The initial injury report of the week should indicate his level of participation, while forecasting the chances he holds of taking the field Sunday against the Lions.
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Newton (ribs) is expected to practice Wednesday and start in Week 2 against the Lions, Charlotte Observer reports.
Newton was inactive for the Panthers' season opening win Sunday, as the team opted to rest their franchise quarterback to avoid risking a more serious injury. Nonetheless, Newton was determined to play, despite being just over two weeks removed from suffering a hairline fracture in his ribs. With another week to receive treatment, Newton is expected to start practicing Wednesday and should be cleared to play Sunday versus Detroit, if all goes well.
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Panthers head coach Ron Rivera expects Newton (ribs) to return for Week 2 against the Lions, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Newton apparently wasn't happy with the team's decision to hold him out of the opener, though he appeared to be feeling alright once Derek Anderson and Co. secured the win. Newton may have to battle some soreness if he does in fact suit up for Week 2, but on a more positive note, rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin turned in a strong NFL debut Sunday. With Benjamin and TE Greg Olsen both looking good, the Carolina receiving corps may not be as barren as previously feared.