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Cam Newton 'Expected' To Miss Monday Night's Game vs. Buccaneers

Cam Newton injury update: the reigning NFL MVP is expected to miss Monday night's game vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

According to a report by TheCharlotte Observer, Newton was one of a number of players listed as "did not participate" on this week's injury report, and is unlikely to play in Monday's NFC South battle.

Newton and left tackle Michael Oher are expected to miss Monday night’s game against Tampa Bay as they remain in the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Carolina also will likely be without No. 1 cornerback James Bradberry (turf toe), running back Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) and defensive tackle Vernon Butler (high ankle sprain).

Panthers coach Ron Rivera expressed optimism about linebacker Thomas Davis earlier this week. But Davis missed Thursday’s practice with a hamstring issue.

Cam Newton has taken a beating so far this season, and his Panthers have limped out to a 1-3 start.

Through four games, he has 974 passing yards on 77-of-133 passing, with six touchdowns and five interceptions, as well as 147 yards and two scores on the ground. Last Sunday, he left the Panthers' loss to the Atlanta Falcons with a concussion.

With this Cam Newton injury, Derek Anderson, the 12th year quarterback out of Oregon State, is expected to start in Newton's place. On Sunday against the Falcons, he completed 17-of-23 passes for 172 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions after coming in for the injured Newton.

Carolina's game against the Buccaneers is very important to keep pace in the NFC South and Wild Card races, especially with the Falcons off to a hot start. Tampa Bay is also just 1-3, beginning the year with a now-surprising win at Atlanta, followed by three straight losses to Arizona, Los Angeles, and Denver. The Monday Night Football game is set to kick off at 8:30 p.m. E.T. on ESPN. Carolina opened as a 6.5-point favorite, per OddsShark, but that line is sure to move way down.

[The Charlotte Observer]