With Panthers QB Cam Newton officially out for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers, backup Derek Anderson will take the reins.
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The Carolina Panthers have officially announced that QB Cam Newton is out for their Week 15 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and will start backup QB Derek Anderson in his place.
Anderson was introduced as the starting quarterback at a press conference on Wednesday and he said that he’s both concerned about Newton’s health and also excited about the opportunity to start on Sunday.
“The most important thing about this whole week and yesterday is the safety and health of one of my brothers, and I know we’re all thinking about him,” Anderson said. “As well, we’re all fired up about this weekend and the opportunity we have.”
Anderson started in Week One, also against the Buccaneers, as Newton was still recovering from a broken rib suffered in the preseason. Anderson went 24 of 34 for 230 yards and 2 TDs with over 70% of his passes completed. The Panthers won the game 20-14 and Anderson said he’ll be ready to lead the team again, but still feels for Newton.
“He’s our leader, and last week the way he played, I thought he played awesome, to lose him to this is obviously very frustrating,” Anderson said. “If he could be out there he’d be out there. He’s played all season through bumps and bruises, hasn’t said a word about anything, just continues to go out there.”