Cam Newton concussion update: Carolina Panthers quarterback has reportedly returned to practice.
Carolina Panthers fans got some good news on Wednesday, as it was reported by NFL.com that star quarterback Cam Newton is back practicing with the team. Newton has been held out of action since suffering a concussion during his team's week four contest against Atlanta. In his absence, the Panthers were defeated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-14.
Carolina is just 1-4 on the season, and if the Panthers want to start turning things around, this Sunday's contest against the New Orleans Saints would be a great place to start. Carolina has lost three consecutive contests - to the Vikings, Falcons and Bucs.
Newton's return to action does not guarantee that he'll start against the Saints, but it's a good sign. NFL.com's Marc Sessler reports that he's "on track" to play Sunday, so long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks.
Newton, of course, was the NFL MVP in 2015, finishing the season with 3,837 passing yards and 35 touchdowns against just 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 636 yards and 10 scores. His Panthers fell in the Super Bowl to the Denver Broncos.
The 2016 season, however, has been a different story. Newton has thrown for 974 yards and six touchdowns against five interceptions.