Newton may stay sidelined for all of preseason

From ESPN - August 11, 2017

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he would not mind if quarterback Cam Newton did not play in any of the preseason games as the 2015 NFL MVP continues to rehab his shoulder.

"I'd be OK with it,'' Rivera said after Friday's practice.

That does not mean Newton wo not play in next Saturday's game at Tennessee or the following week at Jacksonville after missing Wednesday night's preseason opener against Houston.

Newton has not played in the final preseason game since his 2011 rookie season, so there's not much likelihood of him facing Pittsburgh on August 31.

"We are going to do exactly what the trainers and doctors allow us to do,'' Rivera said.

Rivera reiterated what he has said since training camp opened, that Newton's target date is the Sept. 10 opener at San Francisco.


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