The Carolina Panthers have not revealed whether Cam Newton will start at quarterback Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he will be a game-time decision.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is experiencing soreness in his ribs, and head coach Ron Rivera is refusing to confirm him as the starter in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The quarterback insists that he is on pace to play, but Rivera is doing the best he can to be cautious with his signal caller. “Cam wants to play, but we have to be smart. This is a marathon, not a sprint,” the Panthers’ head coach told NFL.com.
Newton has made all 48 of his starts in the three years he has played in the NFL, and he became the Panthers’ starting quarterback in Week 1 as a rookie after being selected by them first overall in the 2011 draft.
The Panthers have already had to deal with Newton healing from offseason ankle surgery, and he had his struggles in the preseason. If Newton does not prove he is 100 percent healthy, the Panthers may choose to let him sit against the Buccaneers.