Panthers QB Cam Newton suffered a rib injury which will keep him from playing in the final preseason game.
Despite Panthers head coach Ron Rivera’s intention to play his starters in the final preseason game game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, QB Cam Newton will not play in the final game after suffering a hairline rib fracture. However, he is expected to be ready for regular season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Newton suffered his injury in Friday’s preseason loss to the New England Patriots. He had only played in his second game since recovering from offseason ankle surgery.
“It was very evident that we’ve got to get (Newton) out there,” Rivera said, via the Black and Blue Review blog. “We’ve got to get our quarterback out on the field, and he’s got to get some timing with those guys.”
Newton has struggled in the preseason since recovering from his surgery, lacking touch on the ball and failing to scramble the way he used to.
Backup QBs Derek Anderson and Joe Webb will play the majority of snaps for the Panthers in the final preseason game.