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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.

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Newton (ribs) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bucs.

As a result, Derek Anderson will draw the start at quarterback for the Panthers in Week 1, in place of Newton, who is dealing with a rib issue.

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The Panthers' tentative plan for Sunday's game against the Bucs is to sit Newton (ribs) out, Fox's Jay Glazer reported on Sunday's pregame television show.

Newton will go out on the field for warmups before the game (which begins at 4:25 ET), but the lean for now is to keep him out to avoid making the injury a 3-to-4 week injury.

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Coach Ron Rivera is reportedly considering sitting Newton (ribs) for Sunday's contest against the Bucs, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

While the report suggests that Newton feels good at this stage, Rapoport indicates that Rivera could decide to exercise caution with the QB on Sunday, with the long haul in mind. Meanwhile, per Steve Reed of the Associated Press, the Panthers' PR department suggests that there won't be any announcement on Newton's status until closer to Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff. If Newton is held out the contest, Derek Anderson would be in line for the start at QB for Carolina.

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Though listed as a full practice participant Friday, Newton (ribs) was listed as questionable by the Panthers in advance of Sunday's game against the Bucs, the team's official site reports.

Newton is the only player listed on the Panthers' Week 1 injury report, and while Jason La Canfora of cbssports.com suggested Saturday that Newton seems poised to play against the Bucs on Sunday, coach Ron Rivera has indicated that the QB is viewed as a game-time decision for the contest. In any case, we'll continue to monitor Newton's status in advance of Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff.

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Newton (ribs) took full reps at Saturday's practice without setback, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.

The Panthers probably will not release an official update on Newton's status until Sunday, but his level of participation in Saturday's session puts him on track to be under center for the Panthers in Sunday's Week 1 matchup with the Buccaneers.

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Though Newton (ribs) was characterized as a full participant in practice Friday, he is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.

As promising as the full participation would appear, coach Ron Rivera still views Newton as a game-time decision for the contest, while acknowledging that the QB "did take the next step" Friday morning. In the event that Newton is unable to start, or is limited at all this weekend, Derek Anderson is next up for the Panthers' QB snaps. Meanwhile, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer notes that Rivera said that he won't wait until warmups on Sunday to determine Newton's status for the team's 4:25 ET kickoff, though at this stage, it's uncertain exactly when such a call might be made by the team.

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Newton (ribs) was seen throwing at Friday's practice, and wasn't limited according to his teammates, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

This report doesn't confirm or deny Newton's status for Sunday's opener, but it does give Panthers fans reason for optimism. He didn't throw during Thursday's portion of practice that was open to the media, so his progress Friday is certainly encouraging. His teammates' assertion is far from official, however, so until the Panthers confirm his status, consider Newton questionable for their matchup against the Buccaneers.

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Newton (ribs) is a game-time call for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Coach Ron Rivera relayed that Newton was a limited practice participant Thursday, but neither coach nor quarterback would confirm whether Newton's workout included throwing. Rivera and Newton were also consistent on another aspect of the situation: that Newton is in line to take the field in Week 1. If he's cleared for action, he should be used in just about all formats, but Derek Anderson is waiting in the wings to take reps under center.