Following the Panthers Thursday night loss to the Buccaneers, head coach Ron Rivera said Cam Newton‘s early season struggles were not due to injury. Yeah well Rivera’s stance has since changed on that because, well, Newton’s stance has changed—literally.
I mean I would imagine his stance is changed since he can’t stand on one of them after the ninth-year quarterback re-aggravated a mid-foot sprain in that game that he suffered the injury in Week 3 of the preseason. He missed nearly two weeks of practice recovering from the initial foot injury.
Now it seems almost apparent he will.
In Rivera’s defense, Newton didn’t inform team officials of the foot pain after the game. No solid timeline for the former MVP’s return exists according to Carolina’s GM Marty Hurney.
But that uncertainty almost certainly means that Kyle Allen will start this week against the Cardinals. Allen, who finished last season as the Panthers’ starter, resides in front of third-round rookie Will Grier on Carolina’s depth chart. The Panthers do not plan to sign a veteran in the interim, Rivera added.