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Cam Newton injury: Panthers QB has a sprained left foot

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Cam Newton injury: Panthers QB has a sprained left foot

FOXBORO -- Playing a franchise quarterback in the preseason is always a risk, and the Carolina Panthers found out the hard way Thursday night at Gillette Stadium.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was hit multiple times and sacked twice during his brief playing time in the first quarter against the New England Patriots. He was ruled out in the first quarter with a foot injury after being looked at by medical staff.

The injury is believed to have occurred on Adam Butler's sack of Newton. Here's a look at the play:

After the game, Newton was seen wearing a boot on his left foot:

Newton is one of the toughest quarterbacks in the league, but he does put himself at risk sometimes by making plays with his legs. That wasn't the case Thursday as the Patriots defense was relentless in its pursuit of Newton. New England brought plenty of pressure, including blitzes, forcing Newton to run all over the backfield before being sacked or throwing the ball away.

Newton got x-rays after the game, and they revealed a sprained left foot for the former MVP, according to Albert Breer. 

Newton managed to complete four of his six pass attempts for 30 yards before departing. 

The 30-year-old QB was ranked No. 7 on our ranking of the top 20 fantasy football quarterbacks for the 2019 NFL season.

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Panthers plan to play Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey vs. Patriots

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Panthers plan to play Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey vs. Patriots

Patriots fans have seen Tom Brady in uniform this preseason; they've just seen him on the sidelines during each of the team's first two preseason games.

But Brady isn't the only star who hasn't seen any preseason action so far this year; the Panthers have also held out quarterback Cam Newton, running back Christian McCaffrey, and linebacker Luke Kuechly to this point.

That's about to change this week, however. Carolina head coach Ron Rivera confirmed Monday that all three players will see action Thursday in Foxboro, along with the rest of the Panthers starters.

“They’ve been the gold standard for a long time,’’ Rivera said, via ESPN's David Newton. “You want to go out and see just how good you are. It is a good measuring stick as to who we can be as a football team.’’

Yet while Rivera was forthcoming about his plans for playing time, Bill Belichick played it closer to the vest Monday. When asked if Brady would play against Carolina, Belichick broke out a familiar refrain.

"As always, we’ll do what’s best for the football team — for each player, and for the team."

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Chris Hogan sees similarities between Tom Brady and Cam Newton

Chris Hogan sees similarities between Tom Brady and Cam Newton

Chris Hogan wasn't with the Patriots for long, but in three seasons with the franchise, he experienced about as much as you possibly could for that short a time frame. He played in three consecutive Super Bowls and won two while catching passes from the legendary Tom Brady. 

Hogan signed a one-year deal with the Panthers this offseason after he said the Patriots moved on from him, though there are no hard feelings. Now he's working with the talented but inconsistent Cam Newton in Carolina, and has already noticed a key similarity between his new quarterback and Brady, as he told ESPN's David Newton

That competitive nature, it’s there. When it comes time to strap on the pads and play football, their focus is on one goal and that’s winning football games.

Cam wants to win. You can tell that right away from talking to him and being around him.

Newton won the MVP in 2016 and led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50, but lost to Von Miller and that brutal Broncos defense that featured Malik Jackson, Chris Harris Jr. and DeMarcus Ware just to name a few key contributors.

You have to wonder what would have happened if the Patriots hadn't lost to Denver in that year's AFC Championship game. Super Bowl 50 is the only Super Bowl the Patriots haven't participated in over the last five years. 

Hogan had enough time with Brady to notice what made him great, so if he sees that same competitive fire in Newton, then that has to be a good sign for Panthers fans. We already know Newton has the ability to turn a conference on its head, so there's a possibility we see him and Brady square off in February this coming season You never know. 

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