A season filled with uncertainty surrounding the Panther’s All-Pro Quarterback, Cam Newton, has come to an end.
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Panthers have placed Newton on Injured Reserve. Newton hasn’t played since Carolina’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2 due to a foot sprain that “hasn’t gotten better.”
“For the past seven weeks, Cam has diligently followed a program of rest and rehab and is still experiencing pain in his foot,” Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said. “He saw two foot specialists last week who agreed that he should continue that path prescribed by the team’s medical staff and that it likely will take significant time for the energy to fully heal.”
The Redskins have seven games remaining on the schedule, with the Panthers headlining their first game of December. The last time Washington faced off with Newton, he completed 27 of his 40 pass attempts for 275 yards and two touchdowns, but the Redskins walked away victorious at home, 23-17.
Newton could theoretically come back for the Panthers this season but if they’re playing meaningful games in January it means Kyle Allen played well. No chance head coach Ron Rivera and his staff would make such a drastic, and shortsighted change at that point in the season.
Newton has one year remaining on his contract and if the Panthers decide to trade or release him after the season they would get a cap savings of $19.1 million -- huge decisions hanging in the balance this offseason.
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