The first eight weeks of the NFL were especially kind to Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. At 6-2 the Panthers were in the thick of the NFC playoff race and Newton was being mentioned as the possible MVP for the second time in his career.
Newton had career highs in completion percentage and was having arguably the greatest season of his career. However, the past six weeks have provided anything but success for the Panthers.
The team has now lost six-straight games and finds itself with less than a one-percent chance to make the playoffs after being a near lock to make the playoffs after eight weeks.
Much of their lack of success comes from the ailing shoulder of Cam Newton. According to multiple reports, Newton has been battling a shoulder injury for the past six weeks and it looks like the team is ready to shut him down for the year.
According to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, the Panthers are expected to sit Newton going forward.
Sources: #Panthers are expected to sit Cam Newton (shoulder) now that they are out of the playoff race and Taylor Heinicke is believed to be starting Sunday vs. the #Falcons. A move that makes a lot of sense. … Cam is not practicing today.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 19, 2018
It’s a tough break for Newton and Panthers who began the year with so much promise.