Carolina Panthers quarterback is not expected to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Derek Anderson will start in his place.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has battled a rib injury that he sustained in the preseason, and his playing status for the Panthers’ season opener has been in doubt.
The Panthers are reportedly not going to start Newton against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and backup Derek Anderson is expected to make the start.
Anderson showed up to a FOX production meeting with the Panthers, which was thought off as a bluff by head coach Ron Rivera in the eyes of some people.
The Panthers are known for having a depleted receiving corps, so Anderson may have a really tough time engineering the Panthers offense.
Newton already had a big enough challenge ahead of him. However, rookie Kelvin Benjamin looks ready to break out in his rookie season.
The first-round pick will face a tough challenge in his NFL debut though as he will likely be covered by Alterraun Verner, who is the Buccaneers’ top cornerback.