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Injury Update For Panthers QB Cam Newton

Cam Newton celebrating during a game against the Saints.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 07: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates during the second half of the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 7, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Entering today's game, the Carolina Panthers were looking to rebound from an ugly performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Instead, the team watched Cam Newton suffer a brutal blow to his ankle.

The Panthers are trying to keep pace with the New Orleans Saints, but this current performance against the Detroit Lions could end that hope. More importantly, the severity of Newton's injury could play a huge factor in the NFC playoff picture.

Although Newton was able to get up off the turf, he still needed to be replaced on the field. With the dual-threat quarterback in the medical tent, Taylor Heinicke is under center.

The injury took place as one defender fell on top of his ankle in the pocket. Newton is having arguably his best season since 2015, when he won the MVP award. While the actual injury won't be clarified until after the game, it appears Newton is probable to return. After all, he's one of the toughest players in the business.

Carolina currently trails Detroit by six points, as Newton will try to channel his inner Superman.