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Newton throws in drills for 1st time in 2 weeks

From ESPN - August 13, 2017

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton took a positive step in his rehab from shoulder surgery on Sunday, participating in a portion of team drills for the first time in 14 days.

Coach Ron Rivera hopes the 2015 NFL MVP will be available to participate in team drills in joint practices with the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday and Thursday in Nashville.

He said there is no panic inside the organization about Newton being ready for the Sept. 10 opener at San Francisco and reiterated he would not mind if Newton did not play in any preseason games.

"There's no reason to [panic],'' Rivera said. "We are just listening to what the doctors are trying to say. They are optimistic. As long as we do not have a setback, which we do not anticipate, we certainly feel good about where we are right now. It's very positive.''

Newton had not thrown in team drills before Sunday since being pulled midway through a July 30 practice after experiencing soreness in his right shoulder and showing signs of fatigue.

He completed 3 of 4 pass attempts in a red zone drill with short passes to tight end Greg Olsen, running back Fozzy Whittaker and wide receiver Russell Shepard.

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