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10 hours ago

Owner David Tepper admitted Tuesday that a decision hasn't been made regarding surgery on Newton's right throwing shoulder, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. "We have to recognize we may have to do things through the year if it doesn't [get better]," Tepper said. "We have to make sure we have our options in all ways possible."

EDGE Analysis

Upon first glance at his game log from the 2018 season, Newton was more or less himself for most of it, accounting for at least two touchdown passes in each game from Week 2 through Week 13. On top of that impressive run, he posted a career-high 67.9 completion percentage, averaged 4.8 yards per carry and scored four TDs on the ground. After Week 7, he regularly was rested in practice due to lingering soreness in his right shoulder, and the lack of reps seemed to catch up to him in his final two appearances Weeks 14 and 15, the latter of which was a 131-yard performance with no touchdowns and one interception on 16-for-29 passing. The Panthers opted to shut down Newton thereafter, leading to Taylor Heinicke (elbow) and Kyle Allen (shoulder) getting starts down the stretch. The initial remedy for Newton appears to be rest, but Tepper's comments indicate a procedure will be considered if his condition doesn't improve in a timely manner.

OUTCam Newton
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1 week ago

Newton (shoulder) finished the 2018 regular season with 3,395 yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions through the air and 101 carries for 488 yards and four scores on the ground in 14 games played.

EDGE Analysis

Newton started brilliantly under new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, passing for 15 touchdowns while throwing just four interceptions through Carolina's first eight games. All four of his rushing scores also came over that span. However, as soreness in his throwing shoulder became more of an issue, Newton and the Panthers offense stalled during the second half. The signal caller was picked off in each of his last six appearances, including four times in Week 13. Newton also didn't account for a touchdown after that disastrous outing, contributing toward an agonizing six-game losing streak that led to him being shut down with two weeks remaining and Carolina eliminated from playoff contention. Fortunately, since scans revealed no structural damage, Newton is expected to avoid surgery this offseason, an especially relieving development considering he already underwent surgery to repair a partially torn right rotator cuff following the 2016 campaign. Assuming his shoulder heals as expected, Newton will aim to build on a season that still saw him post by far his best completion percentage (67.9) while averaging two touchdowns per game. Although lingering concerns over his durability, as well as the emergence of second-team All-Pro tailback Christian McCaffrey, resulted in the second-fewest rushing yards of his career, Newton remains a dynamic dual threat when healthy, and getting back to 100 percent should be his top priority this offseason.

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3 weeks ago

Newton isn't expected to require another surgery on his sore right shoulder after recent scans detected no structural damage, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Newton suffered a partially torn rotator cuff in the shoulder late in the 2016 campaign and ultimately required a procedure after that season. The signal-caller has gone on to start the Panthers' subsequent 30 regular-season contests, but that streak will come to an end Sunday against the Falcons after Carolina elected to shut Newton down earlier in the week. Newton has noticed pronounced weakness in the shoulder throughout the second half of the season and was shut down after the Week 15 loss to New Orleans ended the team's playoff hopes. Fortunately for Newton, it sounds like he'll be able to treat the injury with rest and rehab and should be at full strength by the time OTAs commence. Taylor Heinicke is slated to start the Panthers' final two games of 2018.

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4 weeks ago4 Comments

Coach Ron Rivera confirmed Newton (shoulder) will miss the final two games of the season, noting that a healthy Taylor Heinicke gives the team a better chance to win, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rivera may actually be right about the 25-year-old Heinicke, who has attempted just five passes in the NFL since going undrafted back in 2015. It's a testament to how bad Newton looked in Monday's 12-9 loss to the Saints, managing just 4.5 yards per pass attempt without any ability to push the ball downfield. The health of Newton's right shoulder is sure to be one of the major storylines of the upcoming NFL offseason. The Panthers haven't commented on a recovery plan or timeline.

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4 weeks ago

The Panthers are expected to hold out Newton (shoulder) for the rest of the 2018 season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

Starting in Week 8, Newton has made regular appearances on injury reports due to lingering discomfort in his right throwing shoulder. Despite Newton playing through the pain, six consecutive losses and a poor performance Week 15 against the Saints seem to be forcing the Panthers' hand. As evidence, during his absence Wednesday, he wasn't wearing cleats and didn't have other practice gear, which hasn't been par for the course when he previously didn't practice this season, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer. If Rapoport's report comes to fruition, the Panthers will turn over the offense to fourth-year quarterback Taylor Heinicke.

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4 weeks ago

Newton (shoulder) was held out of practice Wednesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

If coach Ron Rivera is to be believed, the Panthers are in the midst of evaluating whether or not to shut down Newton for the season. "It's a tough situation right now," Rivera told Steve Reed of the Associated Press on Tuesday. "Until I get a chance to visit with him I'm not going to speculate." Lingering soreness in Newton's right throwing shoulder is to blame, resulting in his third-fewest yards (131) and lowest yards per attempt (4.5) in a given game in his career during Monday's loss to the Saints. At the moment, Taylor Heinicke is the only other QB on Carolina's 53-man roster.

OUTCam Newton
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1 month ago

Coach Ron Rivera hasn't ruled out Newton sitting the final two games of the season due to a lingering injury to his right throwing shoulder, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports. "It's a tough situation right now," Rivera said Tuesday. "Until I get a chance to visit with him I'm not going to speculate."

EDGE Analysis

The stats don't lie during the Panthers' current six-game losing streak. After throwing picks in just three out of the first eight contests of the seasons, he's tossed at least one interception in each of the six recent defeats. Perhaps more striking is accounting for his fewest passing yards (131 on Monday) since Week 4 of the 2015 season and lowest yards per attempt (4.5) in 123 career appearances. After the Week 15 loss to the Saints, Newton relayed that he's undergone certain treatments, including taking anti-inflammatories, receiving massages and attempting acupuncture. Moreover, his practice reps have been capped to keep his right shoulder as fresh as possible. This latter point may be the reason his rapport with Panthers pass catchers diminished enough to account for Monday's dismal performance. Whether this proves to be the nadir remains to be seen, but the Panthers may opt to shut down Newton sooner than later with his long-term health in mind. Currently, Taylor Heinicke is the only other quarterback on the 53-man roster, while undrafted rookie Kyle Allen is on the practice squad.

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1 month ago

Newton admitted after Monday's game against the Saints that he's still battling constant soreness with his right shoulder, David Newton of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Newton completed just 16 of his 29 passes for 131 yards and an interception, with a number of underthrows seemingly the product of his shoulder issues, though he wasn't will to place the blame on it. He's turned in arguably two of his worst efforts of the season in the last two weeks, completing a season-low 55 percent of his passes Monday while failing to throw a touchdown pass for the second time in as many weeks. With the Panthers' playoff odds nearing zero, it's possible Newton will rest his shoulder over the final two games. No indication of that has arisen at this point, however.

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1 month ago

Newton (shoulder) practiced fully Saturday and doesn't carry an injury designation into Monday's game against the Saints.

EDGE Analysis

Newton's progression to full practice suggests that he was able to throw Saturday without any complications after the Panthers prevented him from doing so Thursday and Friday. It was merely preventative maintenance to limit the strain on Newton's surgically repaired right shoulder, which has been acting up in recent weeks. The Panthers are optimistic that Newton won't require a follow-up procedure for the shoulder during the offseason, so the expectation is that he'll be available to start the team's final three games of the regular season as the team vies for a playoff spot.

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1 month ago

Newton (shoulder) was a limited participant at Friday's practice.

EDGE Analysis

Joe Person of The Athletic notes that the quarterback didn't throw any passes during the portion of practice open to media, with the Panthers perhaps taking a cautious approach due to wet conditions. Whatever the case, Newton seems to be headed for his usual routine of closing out the week with a full practice. He doesn't seem to be at risk of missing Monday's game against the Saints.