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Panthers Insider Has Promising Update On QB Cam Newton

A closeup of Cam Newton throwing a pass during a Panthers game.

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 17: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers throws a pass against the New Orleans Saints in the third quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 17, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

A foot injury to Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has him in danger of missing Week 1 of the NFL season. But the latest injury update bodes well for the start of his ninth NFL campaign.

According to Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic, Cam is back to light throwing in preparation for Week 1.

Per the report, the team plans to "ease him back into reps" following the foot sprain he suffered in the preseason.

Rodrigue concluded that the progress in Cam's recovery "has been positive."

At the start of practice, Rodrigue confirmed that Newton was not participating and instead doing light work. Nevertheless, he seems poised to be a part of the early preparation for Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams.

The Panthers quarterback is coming off arguably his best season since his 2015 MVP campaign. He completed a career-high 320 passes with a 67.9-percent completion rate. His 242.5 passing yards per game were also the highest since his rookie season.

However, injuries have been a constant nuisance throughout Cam's career. He's missed five games in the last five years, including two last year.

The Panthers have made four playoff appearances in the last six years, but only one in the last three. 2019 could be a crucial year for the team, and for Cam Newton as he enters the fifth year of his six-year contract.

Carolina opens its regular season on Sept. 8 against the Rams.