QCam Newton
QB CAR (4)
1 month ago

Newton (knee) is throwing passes Tuesday at the start of OTAs, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Newton suffered ligament and cartilage damage in his right knee during a Jan. 7 playoff loss to the Saints, but he never left the game and finished with 349 passing yards and two touchdowns. Despite avoiding surgery, there was some concern Newton would be limited or absent from team activities this offseason. While it isn't clear if he's back to 100 percent, his participation in OTAs would seem to put him on track for full clearance at some point before the start of training camp. Newton will be playing with a new-look offense that added RB C.J. Anderson and WRs Torrey Smith, Jarius Wright and D.J. Moore (a first-round pick) during the offseason. The team did suffer a big loss with the departure of LG Andrew Norwell, along with smaller losses in RB Jonathan Stewart, TE Ed Dickson and WR Russell Shepard.

QCam Newton
QB CAR (4)
3 months ago

Newton (knee) avoided offseason surgery, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Newton injured his right knee during an opening-round playoff loss to the Saints, and while it didn't prevent him from finishing out the contest and throwing for 349 yards, an MRI the next day revealed ligament damage, cartilage damage and extensive swelling in the knee. The Panthers haven't provided substantial information since that time, other than confirming that Newton avoided surgery. It won't come as any surprise if he's limited or absent when the team begins its offseason program in mid-to-late April.

QCam Newton
QB CAR (4)
5 months ago

Newton suffered a knee injury during the Panthers' playoff loss to the Saints that will require offseason rehab, but no surgery , ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Per the Charlotte Observer, an MRI of Newton's knee the day after the Panthers' wild-card loss to the Saints revealed ligament and cartilage damage, as well as "very extensive swelling." This injury nugget surfaced in conjunction with the league's determination that the Panthers did not did not violate the NFL's concussion protocol relative to their assessment of Newton during the Jan. 7 tilt. In addition to his knee issue, Newton also suffered an eye injury during the contest, but according to the league's findings, he did not sustain a concussion. In any case, the QB will now have the entire offseason to recover from his aches and pains, though it will be worth monitoring his status once the Panthers resume on-field activities in order to see if he is past his knee woes at that time.

QCam Newton
QB CAR (4)
5 months ago

Newton completed 24 of 40 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 31-26 NFC wild-card loss to the Saints. He also rushed eight times for 37 yards.

EDGE Analysis

Newton was outstanding in Carolina's narrow defeat, passing for his second-most yardage in any game this season while committing no turnovers. Along with his two touchdown tosses, which included a 56-yard connection with Christian McCaffrey, Newton had a perfectly thrown pass dropped in the end zone during the first quarter. Following a turbulent recent stretch through the air, Newton was on point Sunday, when he also provided his usual punch on the ground. Although he was knocked out for one play during the fourth quarter after being poked in the eye, Newton was able to return following medical evaluation. Speaking of that, now that his season is over, Newton figures to benefit from the opportunity to finally rest the throwing shoulder he had surgically repaired last offseason. While that procedure ultimately didn't cost him any action this term, it put Newton behind the curb to kick off the campaign, when he finished with 3,302 passing yards, 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions, and rushed for 754 yards and six more scores.

QCam Newton
QB CAR (4)
6 months ago

Newton (shoulder) practiced in full Thursday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Newton finished Week 17 in Atlanta with his worst QB rating (31.5) of the season, which may have been the impetus for cutting short the maintenance of his right throwing shoulder. As evidence, he typically didn't log a full practice until his final day of prep during the regular season. In line for two such sessions prior to the Panthers' wild-card contest at New Orleans, he may want to avoid any rust in the do-or-die scenario.

QCam Newton
QB CAR (4)
6 months ago

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

EDGE Analysis

Newton may not return to full participation until Friday as the Panthers continue the trend of limiting their starting quarterback's reps early in the week in order to preserve his surgically-repaired throwing shoulder. Following a brutal three-interception performance against the Falcons in Week 17, Newton will look to bounce back during Sunday's wild-card tilt in New Orleans. On the bright side, he's rushed for more than 50 yards in five consecutive contests.

QCam Newton
QB CAR (4)
6 months ago

Newton completed 14 of 34 passes for 180 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions in Sunday's 22-10 loss to the Falcons. He also gained 59 yards on 11 rushes and fumbled twice.

EDGE Analysis

Newton was far from his sharpest in a game in which he could have helped deny the division-rival Falcons a playoff spot. The former MVP fired three second-half interceptions, with the first two particularly poorly thrown balls. Newton had been limited with a shoulder injury early in the practice week, so it's possible that his throwing motion could have been somewhat compromised. Irrespective of whether that was indeed the case, Newton heads into an NFC wild-card showdown against the Saints next Sunday in the midst of a prolonged passing slump. The 28-year-old has thrown for under 200 yards in five of his last six contests, and seven of his last nine overall. He's also completed well under 60.0 percent of his passes in five games during the latter span, but he's been able to keep the Panthers afloat with his strong rushing performances. He'll likely need to step up his production through the air against New Orleans, however, considering Carolina dropped both regular-season games to them this season, with Newton throwing three interceptions in one of those contests.

QCam Newton
QB CAR (4)
6 months ago

Newton (shoulder) doesn't have a designation on the final injury report for Sunday's game in Atlanta.

EDGE Analysis

Per usual, Newton was limited Wednesday and Thursday before returning to a full practice Friday. The Panthers are limiting his reps to reduce the stress on his surgically repaired right arm. Newton completed 13 of 24 passes for only 137 yards against the Falcons in Week 9, but he made up for it with nine carries for 86 yards and a touchdown in a 20-17 victory.

QCam Newton
QB CAR (4)
6 months ago

Newton (shoulder) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday, Bryan Strickland of the Panthers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

The maintenance of Newton's right shoulder may extend through Friday, but there's no worry about the signal caller not suiting up for the regular-season finale, a game in which the Panthers can clinch the NFC South and potentially even a first-round bye with a win in Atlanta. Hence the reason Ron Rivera declared Tuesday that Newton and the rest of the starters will likely play all four quarters Sunday, according to David Newton of ESPN.com.

QCam Newton
QB CAR (4)
6 months ago

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday that Newton and the rest of the team's starters would likely play the full game in the regular-season finale Dec. 31 against the Falcons, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

After tying his season high with four touchdown passes in a Week 15 win over the Packers, Newton took a step back Sunday against the Buccaneers, throwing for only 160 yards, no touchdowns and one interception, though he contributed a score on a rushing attempt. Despite Newton's tepid performance, the Panthers escaped with a 22-19 victory in the contest to secure a playoff berth. Carolina still has plenty of incentive to go all out for a win in Week 17, as a victory and losses by the Saints and Vikings would guarantee the Panthers the NFC South crown and a first-round playoff bye, respectively. With that in mind, Newton's fantasy owners in leagues still active in Week 17 can probably keep the signal caller active without much concern about Rivera potentially turning the offense over to backup Derek Anderson at any point during the contest.