Fans in Carolina held their breath when Cam Newton limped off the field last week with a foot injury. Fortunately for the former MVP, he only suffered a sprained foot.
Newton dealt with shoulder issues for the majority of last season. His production declined as the year went on due to all the stress placed on his throwing arm.
If the Panthers want to get back to the postseason, Newton has to replicate his success from past seasons. But first, the former No. 1 pick has to recover from his foot injury.
On Tuesday, head coach Ron Rivera provided an update on his franchise quarterback's health. It sounds like the Panthers will have their top playmaker on the field for the season opener.
Rivera told reporters there is "no doubt" that Newton will be ready for the opening game against the Rams.
Newton has a little less than two weeks to prepare for the matchup.
Last season, Newton had 3,395 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Carolina needs elite production from Newton to stay within contention of winning the NFC South, which features talented teams i Atlanta and New Orleans.
We'll find out soon enough if Newton will be officially active for the start of the season.