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Ron Rivera Has Telling Update On QB Cam Newton

Cam Newton wearing a headband with a towel on his head on the sidelines .

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 03: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts during the first half of a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 3, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Cam Newton really struggled in Carolina's loss to Tamp Bay on Thursday Night Football. The Panthers' QB completed less than 50% of his passes and was sacked three times in the 30-27 loss.

Turns out there's a reason for his poor play. Newton re-aggravated a left mid-foot sprain he suffered in a preseason game earlier this year.

Following Thursday Night Football last week, he reported the soreness to team officials.

Newton received treatment over the weekend. Head coach Ron Rivera met with his quarterback on Tuesday to discuss the treatment and progress. Newton's chances of playing on Sunday appear low for the time being.

“He was low about it, he really was. He wants to compete so badly,” Rivera said, via "It’s tough. He wants to be out there for his teammates. I appreciate our conversation. He was very honest and he was up-front about it. He said he’s going to do everything he can. We’ll see what happens.”

Certainly not a promising report.

If Newton can't play, the Panthers will rely on backup quarterback Kyle Allen. The undrafted second-year player earned the backup role after beating out the Panthers' 2018 draftee Will Grier. Last season, Allen went 16-of-27 for 228 yards and two touchdowns in a week 17 start versus the Saints.

Carolina travels to Arizona to face the Cardinals on Sunday at 4:30 PM ET. Stay tuned for further updates regarding Carolina's QB situation.