Cam Newton’s 2019 season is officially over. The former Carolina Panthers’ MVP has been placed on the IR, which brings his year to an end.
Newton suffered a Lisfranc injury back in Week 2. The team had hopes that he would return relatively quickly, but now fans will officially have to wait until next fall.
Four days ago, general manager Marty Hurney shared a pretty troubling update for the star quarterback. He revealed that Newton would go visit a specialist to get more information on the injury. It was reported that he was struggling to recover fully, and placed his season in real doubt.
Now, it is clear just how much of a setback this injury was for Newton. From ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
Panthers placed QB Cam Newton on IR. His season is over.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 5, 2019
The Panthers caught lightning in a bottle with second-year quarterback Kyle Allen for a few weeks after Cam Newton went down. After throwing for four touchdowns in his first game under center, Carolina has won five of the six games that he’s played in, even as his numbers have flattened out a bit.
Allen’s play had been so strong to start, that some openly wondered if the team would explore trading Newton. That was probably never in the cards, and the trade deadline has passed, but it seems unlikely that he’ll move now, with his health up in the air.
The Panthers travel to Green Bay on Sunday for a game against the NFC North leading Green Bay Packers. At 5-3, Carolina is two games back of the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South.