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Carolina Panthers place Cam Newton on Injured Reserve

Carolina Panthers place Cam Newton on Injured Reserve

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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What Caylin Newton is looking for in next spot

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What Caylin Newton is looking for in next spot

Caylin Newton, brother of Cam Newton, took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce he would be leaving Howard and entering the NCAA transfer portal. He sat down with The Undefeated to discuss his decision.

“While I’m playing football, I want to be able to compete at the highest level and compete for a championship,” Newton said.

That is unlikely to happen at Howard as the Bison were 1-3 to start the season with Newton under center and 12-13 over the course of his career.

After the first four games of the season, Newton did not play in Howard’s fifth game against Bethune-Cookman. By playing only four games, Newton can redshirt this season under the new redshirt rules. He will remain enrolled at Howard and finish his degree before transferring.

As a graduate transfer after a redshirt year, Newton will maintain two years of eligibility.

Newton’s announcement came on the same day as three other players announced they were transferring and on the same day HBCU Gameday published a story of parents accusing head coach Ron Prince of verbally abusing and intimidating Howard players. The article contains an anonymous letter that was sent to Howard’s president, athletic director, the MEAC and the NCAA.

The University is reportedly investigating those allegations against Prince. As noted by The Undefeated, Newton would not discuss the circumstances surrounding his transfer or the coaching staff.

“Our decision is not an indictment of Howard,” Cecil Newton, Caylin’s father said. “I want to go on the record that they have met and exceeded our expectations for academic college life.”

At Howard, Caylin pulled off the biggest point-spread upset in history, downing UNLV despite being 45-point underdogs. He was named the MEAC Rookie of the Year in 2017 and the MEAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2018.

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Josh Norman got a hilarious phone call from Cam Newton, Luke Kuechly before Redskins-Panthers

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Josh Norman got a hilarious phone call from Cam Newton, Luke Kuechly before Redskins-Panthers

If Josh Norman wasn't a cornerback for the Redskins, he could have become a world-class spy.

In a hilarious clip from the Amazon Prime show "All or Nothing" which documented the Carolina Panthers during the 2018 NFL season, Norman is heard talking on the phone with former Carolina teammates Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly, just days before the Redskins and Panthers faced each other on the gridiron. 

After Kuechly and Newton made fun of him for looking "fat," Norman asked the pair, "Hey is [Greg] Olsen playing this week?"

Olsen, Carolina's Pro Bowl tight end, had missed the Panthers' previous three games due to a foot injury. 

"Nope," an unsuspecting Kuechly immediately replied. Oops! 

"Come on, bro. You can't tell. That was stupid," Newton said before the three burst into laughter over the slip-up. 

"Now you've got to tell us something about y'all," Newton said to Norman after they had finally recovered. "You starting at cornerback this week?"

Ouch! Norman had just been benched in the second half of the Redskins' Week 5 loss to the Saints, Newton showing no mercy to his ex-teammate.

However, Norman got his revenge that Sunday, picking off Newton in the first quarter of a 23-17 Redskins win. And ironically Olsen ended up playing, catching four passes for 48 yards.

Maybe Norman wouldn't make that great a spy after all. But in any case, it was he and the Redskins who got the last laugh that week. Newton, Kuechly, and the Panthers will get a chance to answer back when Washington and Carolina square off on Dec. 1. 

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