Cam Newton last played in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He’s since missed four straight games with a Lisfranc injury.
But according to the latest report, it’s looking very likely that Newton will be able to suit up in Week 8 against the San Francisco 49ers.
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter offers the latest regarding the Panthers’ quarterback.
“Panthers’ QB Cam Newton’s foot injury has healed well and he is expected to be ready to practice after the team’s bye this week, per league source,” Schefter said.
This is very positive news for the Panthers organization and players. The team’s bye this Sunday gives Newton an extra week of much-needed rest. He will most likely return to the practice field next week.
Panthers’ QB Cam Newton’s foot injury has healed well and he is expected to be ready to practice after the team’s bye this week, per league source. Panthers have said they will make a QB determination when Newton is healthy; that looks to be coming soon.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 14, 2019
While it’s good news Newton will be returning, Carolina head coach Ron Rivera has a difficult decision ahead of him. Backup quarterback Kyle Allen has played better than expected in Newton’s absence.
Allen’s led the Panthers to four-straight wins since Newton’s injury in week 2. During that span, the second-year player out of Texas A&M and Houston has thrown for 901 yards and seven touchdowns. He has yet to throw an interception, but has fumbled the ball six times.
As Schefter points out, the team will have to come to a quarterback decision with Newton returning to practice next week.