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Cam Newton | QB | Carolina Panthers
Posted: 12/18/2014 1:49pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) is working with the first-team offense during practice Thursday, Dec. 18. Head coach Ron Rivera has yet to name Newton the starter, though, but he showed no signs of pain for the second straight day. Newton has been showing good velocity on his throws and hasn't had restrictions with his movement.
Huddle Up: Best sign yet that Newton could start Sunday against the Browns after missing Week 15 with his auto-accident injuries. Stay tuned ...

Posted: 12/17/2014 4:20pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) returned to practice Wednesday, Dec. 17, and he worked with the second-team offense in the portion of practice open to the media. QB Derek Anderson worked with the first-team. Newton's status for Week 16 against the Cleveland Browns is uncertain right now, but he looked to be moving and throwing well Wednesday. He also ran and make some juke moves without difficulty. Head coach Ron Rivera said he had hoped to make a decision on the starting QB early in the week.
Huddle Up: Rivera and the Panthers are likely going to have to see more of Newton practicing, throwing and running before making any kind of determinations about Sunday.

Posted: 12/16/2014 10:43am et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) worked out on an underwater treadmill Tuesday, Dec. 16, and did some rational exercises. The team plans to have him attempt throws as well.
Huddle Up: When Newton comes ashore and performs some irrational exercises, we'll let you know. But best have a Plan B for championship week as opposed to banking on Cam returning to the lineup.

Posted: 12/15/2014 2:10pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) will only start in Week 16 if the team believes Newton can protect himself during the game, according to head coach Ron Rivera. 'I don't want to put a guy out there that can't protect himself,' Rivera said. 'By that it's being able to run out of the way, scramble out of the way, stay alive, keep the play alive by being able to get away. That's all part of it. That's all part of the decision that went into the first Tampa Bay game.' The team has a rehab program for Newton, and his status will be determined based on if he can meet the rehab goals during the week.
Huddle Up: We'll know more about Newton's status later in the week. If he can't go, Derek Anderson will get the start against the Browns. Expect a heavy dose of Jonathan Stewart regardless of who is under center for Carolina.

Posted: 12/11/2014 11:04pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) currently isn't concerned about whether he'll be able to return to action this season. 'As far as when I'm coming back, who cares,' Newton said. 'That's not something I'm worried about. I'm just thankful to have breath in my lungs so I can breathe again.' Head coach Ron Rivera said the best-case-scenario would be to have Newton back at practice next week, but there are no guarantees.
Huddle Up: Newton has the right perspective escaping the ugly-looking accident with limited injury, and any action in the last two games might have to be considered a bonus. In the meantime, Carolina pass-catchers Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin should be fine as Derek Anderson is an experienced backup.

Posted: 12/10/2014 1:48pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) was discharged from the hospital Wednesday, Dec. 10. Newton is sore, but in good spirits as he continues his recovery. Newton will not be at the team's facilities Wednesday, and it is unknown how long it will be until he's ready to return to action. 'That will be determined really on a day-to-day basis and we'll see how fast the soreness goes away,' team spokesman Charlie Dayton said. 'He'll start the recuperation process today.' QB Derek Anderson was taking first-team repetitions in practice Wednesday.
Huddle Up: Good news that he's out of the hospital, but he certainly remains a definite longshot to play Sunday against the Bucs.

Posted: 12/10/2014 10:22am et
Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) remained hospitalized Wednesday, Dec. 10, and there are no updates on his health.
Huddle Up: Words is that Cam has a Tony Romo-like back injury with two fractured bones that would still allow him to play. But he'll have to get out of the hospital and rejoin his team before a determination can be made about his availability, so those banking on Newton for fantasy help this week should be implementing Plan B sooner rather than later.

Posted: 12/9/2014 7:57pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) is 'highly unlikely' to play this week, according to a doctor.
Huddle Up: Fantasy GMs who advanced in the playoffs thanks to Newton's four-TD performance will need to line up another option.

Posted: 12/9/2014 3:54pm et
Updating an ongoing story, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton suffered two transverse fractures in his lower back, but no other significant injures in the car crash he was involved in Tuesday, Dec. 9, according to preliminary tests. He is in fair condition and will remain in the hospital overnight for observation.
Huddle Up: Overall good news as it looks and sounds like it could've been much worse for the Carolina QB.

Posted: 12/9/2014 2:02pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton was involved in a car accident Tuesday, Dec. 9, and he reportedly was injured in the wreck.
Huddle Up: Early word is that authorities indicated Newton suffered no serious injuries, though he was immobilized on a stretcher and taken to the hospital. More details as they become available.

Posted: 11/12/2014 10:02pm et
Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot, ankle) admitted that he has been playing hurt after saying he was fine following the team's embarrassing Week 10 loss Monday, Nov. 10. Newton hasn't posted a quarterback rating higher than his career average of 85.4 since Oct. 12.
Huddle Up: Newton is obviously hurting and playing for offensive coordinator Mike Shula certainly doesn't help. The one-time fantasy stud is nothing more than a match-up play right now.

Posted: 11/11/2014 6:18pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot, ankles), didn't injure his foot or reinjure his ankles in Week 10 Monday, Nov. 10, according to head coach Ron Rivera. "I'm not sure where all that came from. But put it to rest," Rivera said. "He said it at his press conference after the game, he's fine." Newton, however, didn't look right in the loss, and he struggled to accelerate to avoid sacks. He finished the game 25-of-40 for 306, 2 TDs and 3 interceptions.
Huddle Up: Newton actually did all right considering he didn't get a lot of help or protection as Philly registered nine sacks. And while his first 300-yard passing performance of the season was encouraging, he'll need better protection, a reduction in his turnovers and a bump in his rushing numbers -- he had two carries for 6 yards Monday night -- to regain his fantasy impact.

Posted: 11/11/2014 1:09am et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton was 25-of-40 for 306 yards, two TDs and three interceptions Monday, Nov. 10 in a 45-21 loss to the host Philadelphia Eagles. Newton added 6 rushing yards on two carries and also lost a fumble.
Huddle Up: Newton received little help or protection most of the night, getting sacked nine times, and appeared to be limping around at various times during the game. He did, however, save some fantasy face by tossing two fourth-quarter TD passes rookie Kelvin Benjamin (3-70 on 7 targets) and finishing with his first 300-yard passing game of the season.

Posted: 10/31/2014 12:34am et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton completed only 10 of his 28 passing attempts for a season-low 151 yards and an interception Thursday, Oct. 30 while rushing for 43 yards and a TD on 7 attempts in a 28-10 loss to the visiting New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: The struggles continue for Newton, who has averaged a paltry 175.6 passing yards with only 1 TD and 3 interceptions over his last 3 games. He has compensated somewhat with 108 yards and a TD on the ground during that span, but his aerial game is a mess right now and it's keeping him well out of QB1 consideration. It's also hurting pass-catchers Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin, who caught only 4 of their 14 combined targets Thursday night for 48 yards.

Posted: 10/13/2014 10:42am et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) rushed 17 times for 107 yards in Week 6 Sunday, Oct. 12. Head coach Ron Rivera said Newton was pretty close to being fully back from offseason ankle surgery.
Huddle Up: Newton with the added threat of rushing is a completely different fantasy entity than the version we had seen prior to Week 6. If he's back to swiping goal line looks and threatening defenses with his feet as well as his arm he's not just a fantasy starter but a borderline elite fantasy QB.

Posted: 10/8/2014 12:20am et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle, ribs) said he believes his ribs are fully healed, but he also said that he is still experiencing some ankle pain. 'I think my body is mending up slowly but surely,' Newton said. 'It's giving me a lot of great confidence when I am thinking about running the football, and throwing the football, as well.'
Huddle Up: Newton is coming off his best game of the season (255 yards, 2 TDs passing) Sunday, and even though he didn't gain many yards (9), his 6 rushing attempts were nearly as many (8) as he had in the first 3 games combined, showing he's gaining trust in his wheels.

Posted: 9/16/2014 4:27pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) was dealing with a bit of soreness in his foot after the Week 2 game, according to head coach Ron Rivera. However, Rivera thinks it's a good sign after Newton had offseason ankle surgery back in March. "Because it's more sore than his back," Rivera said. "Which is good. At least, I think it's good. He's moving around pretty good and he's feeling pretty good about himself."
Huddle Up: Newton (281 passing yards, passing TD, 4-19 rushing) had a solid debut Sunday and appears no worse for wear. Definitely have high hopes for his Week 3 start Sunday night against a Steeler defense that has struggled since holding the Browns to a field goal in the first half of the season opener.

Posted: 9/10/2014 4:48pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Sept. 10, indicating that he should return to action in Week 2 against the Detroit Lions after missing the season opener.
Huddle Up: Newton will try and pick up where backup Derek Anderson left off in his strong season opener (230 yards, 2 TDs, no turnovers) against the Bucs. The task, though, won't be easy against a Lions' D which rattled Eli Manning and the Giants (14 points, 197 total yards) on Monday night.

Posted: 9/8/2014 3:30pm et
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) is expected to practice Wednesday, Sept. 10, and play Week 2, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Newton is on schedule to start against Detroit. If he can't go, Derek Anderson will get his second straight start. Anderson led Carolina to a week 1 win over Tampa Bay and helped rookie Kelvin Benjamin to a big fantasy day.

Posted: 9/8/2014 11:01am et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) is expected to play in Week 2 against the Detroit Lions. Newton wasn't happy with decision to hold him out of Week 1.
Huddle Up: The Panthers managed a Week 1 win with Derek Anderson at quarterback, so the decision looks sound in hindsight. An extra week of rest should help Newton and his damaged rib be ready for Week 2.

Posted: 9/6/2014 9:10pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) took full repetitions in practice Saturday, Sept. 6, with no setbacks. Newton could very well be on schedule to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: Newton will likely try to play on Sunday but he won't be 100 percent and faces a tough Tampa Bay defense. Newton will be a low-end QB1 and he has a late start on Sunday. Fantasy owners with other viable QB options this week may want to sit Newton

Posted: 9/5/2014 3:21pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) practiced in full Friday, Sept. 5, and is listed as questionable for Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: After practicing the last 2 days, the guess here is that Newton plays Sunday, but it'll be a late start by a banged-up QB against an underrated Bucs' defense so certainly explore other options if you'd rather go with a safer opening-week play.

Posted: 9/4/2014 6:13pm et
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) is on pace to play Week 1, but his availability will be a game-time decision, according to head coach Ron Rivera. Newton was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 4.
Huddle Up: Ugh. Not so good news for Newton's fantasy owners -- especially considering that the Panthers play in one of the two afternoon games. It's definitely time to have a Plan B lined up if you haven't already.

Posted: 9/3/2014 10:30pm et
The Carolina Panthers are confident QB Cam Newton (ribs) will be ready to go in the team's Week 1 game. Newton was sore Wednesday, Sept. 3, after throwing Monday Sept. 1.
Huddle Up: Newton won't be 100 percent and he has a bad matchup against a tough Tampa Bay defense on Sunday. Cam is a low-end QB1 for Week 1.

Posted: 9/3/2014 5:44pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 3.
Huddle Up: The Panthers are likely just taking every precaution with the QB as we haven't heard that his Week 1 starting status is in any danger. If you own him, though, you're going to have to stay on top of the latest news leading up until kickoff.

Posted: 8/28/2014 10:25am et
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) said Wednesday, Aug. 27, that he will be ready for the regular season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers despite fracturing his ribs last week. 'There's no doubt in my mind,' Newton said.
Huddle Up: It's been an eventful offseason for Newton, who was limited earlier in training camp following foot surgery and is now dealing with the cracked rib. But if he says he'll be ready to roll by Week 1, who are we to argue?

Posted: 8/27/2014 2:19pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (rib) said he fully expects to be ready to play Week 1.
Huddle Up: The main fantasy concern is not Newton missing games, but cutting back on his rushing, which has been a key component of his three-straight top-5-ranked fantasy QB seasons.

Posted: 8/24/2014 6:50pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton has a hairline fracture in one of his ribs and will not play in the final preseason game later this week. Head coach Ron Rivera said he thinks Newton will be ready for Week 1.
Huddle Up: Far from a debilitating injury, but definitely not good news for the fourth-year QB who already is coming off ankle surgery. Add in this rib issue, and Newton is likely be more conservative with his running -- a major component of his fantasy game since entering the league.

Posted: 8/10/2014 11:31pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) has been cleared to play in the second preseason game, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
Huddle Up: Coming off offseason ankle surgery, Newton still figures to be limited in terms of snaps and designed running plays, but you can check him out yourself in Sunday evening's nationally televised home contest against the Chiefs.

Posted: 8/8/2014 4:20pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) is not expected to play in the preseason opener Friday, Aug. 8.
Huddle Up: Cam could use the PT to get used to his new surrounding cast, but on the other hand, the Panthers certainly aren't going to rush their prize offensive asset back into action and risk re-injuring his surgically-repaired ankle.

Posted: 8/7/2014 4:10pm et
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) would only play around two series and the playing calling would be limited if he is able to play in team's first preseason game Friday , Aug. 8 vs. Buffalo, according to head coach Ron Rivera. Rivera indicated Newton would do mostly handoffs if he plays in the game.
Huddle Up: As has been stated here, expect Newton's running and scrambling to be curtailed this preseason as the Panthers have their sights set on the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against the Bucs.

Posted: 7/29/2014 1:54pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) isn't running outside of the pocket during training camp, but he has been able to plant in the pocket to make throws without any complications.
Huddle Up: All indications are Cam is right on track and even ahead of schedule, and the Panthers certainly aren't going to have the QB scrambling all over and pushing things during the early stages of camp.

Posted: 7/26/2014 1:00pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) said his ankle is not 100 percent at this point, but it is getting better each day.
Huddle Up: Because much of Newton's fantasy value is derived from his rushing, expect his ankle to be an ongoing story during training camp. A Newton that runs less is no longer a top-five fantasy quarterback, especially given his corps of receivers.

Posted: 7/24/2014 4:54pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) was cleared for practice, according to general manager David Gettleman.
Huddle Up: Good news for the Panthers, Newton and his fantasy owners as the QB looks to make it four top-five fantasy QB finishes in four NFL seasons this year.

Posted: 7/20/2014 1:58am et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) was limited in his mobility when he worked out with some of his wide receivers last week.
Huddle Up: Newton had offseason ankle surgery and isn't all the way back yet. Ideally, fantasy owners would like to see him a whole lot closer to 100 percent by the time fantasy drafts roll around, as Cam's mobility--especially given his dearth of receivers--is a key component of his fantasy value.

Posted: 4/29/2014 11:23pm et
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said it is more important to protect QB Cam Newton than to get another offensive weapon. 'I think protecting him (is more important),'Rivera said. 'You have so many opportunities to get play makers on the field. Other than the quarterback there are five other guys who can make plays for you. I think right now what we've done is bring in guys who have the ability to make plays for us. I feel very comfortable with that.'
Huddle Up: Newton was sacked a career-high 43 times last season -- and that was before the retirement of LT Jordan Gross -- so don't be surprised in the least if the Panthers target a tackle in the first round next week.

Posted: 4/24/2014 7:32pm et
The Carolina Panthers have officially submitted the paperwork to pick up the fifth-year option on QB Cam Newton's contract Thursday, April 24.
Huddle Up: No surprise here with the 2011 No. 1 overall pick coming off his most efficient season (88.8 rating) as a passer while leading the Panthers to the NFC South title.

Posted: 4/22/2014 11:48pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) said he won't change his approach to the game after his ankle surgery. He added that he doesn't recall when he injured it, but it wasn't 100 percent for a long time. He also said he consulted former RB Bo Jackson about dealing with injuries and rehab.
Huddle Up: Newton has had at least 111 rushing attempts and 585 yards in each of his three seasons, and it sounds like his fantasy owners don't need to worry about Newton suddenly becoming a pocket passer.

Posted: 4/19/2014 10:37pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) remains in a walking boot about a month after ankle surgery. The team is hopeful Newton will be ready to go for training camp.
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners will be on "Cam Watch" all summer long. Ideally, he'll get out of the boot and get some work in during OTAs, but it sounds more like training camp before he'll be anywhere near full go.

Posted: 4/2/2014 5:45pm et
Bus Cook, agent for Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle), said Newton is doing well in his rehab from offseason ankle surgery. Newton is expected to miss all of the offseason workouts but should be ready for training camp. Cook also said he was not surprised when the team said they plan to pick up the fifth year option in Newton's contract. The team sides can continue to work on a contract extension.
Huddle Up: Maybe by the time Newton is ready to hit the field in August, the Panthers will have his contract situation ironed out... and have found some wide receivers for him to throw to.

Posted: 3/18/2014 6:27pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton will have minor ankle surgery Wednesday, March 19. Ligaments in Newton's ankle had stretched out, and the procedure will tighten them.
Huddle Up: This procedure doesn't sound like it'll hamper Newton any -- if at all -- this coming season, but the team's depleted WR situation certainly might as Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn have all departed since the end of the 2013 campaign. Some moves are most definitely in order, or Newton's fantasy stock will undergo a downgrade.

Posted: 2/18/2014 11:38pm et
There have been no new developments in the contract situation with the Carolina Panthers and DE Greg Hardy. The team has two weeks to decide whether to use the franchise tag, which would buy the team another year to negotiate with Hardy. However, if they do tag him, it would consume nearly all of the team's unused cap space, which is a hefty price considering the team is looking to lock up franchise cornerstones QB Cam Newton and LB Luke Kuechly with huge deals in the next two years.
Huddle Up: The Panthers are definitely in a tough spot with Hardy, who hit career highs with 15 sacks and 65 total tackles this past season and now tops most of the best-available-free-agent watch lists. With cap space at a premium, look for the Panthers to try and hammer out a longer-term deal with the DE before using the franchise tag as a last resort.

Posted: 1/26/2014 4:12pm et
Carolina Panthers general manager David Gettleman said he will offer QB Cam Newton a fair contract to start contract negotiations. 'It's going to be fun,' Gettleman said. 'It's going to be interesting. There's going to be a lot of work, a lot of research. A lot of thought is going to go into it. Philosophically, I'm going to start with a fair offer. It's going to be fair. And then we'll move from there.'
Huddle Up: Newton's 2013 passing (3,379) and rushing-yard (585) totals were career lows, but his passing TDs (24) and the Panthers' wins (12) were both career high-water marks. Still, Newton and the Panthers were the only divisional-round host to lose, and his contract offer will surely fall short of the other QBs megadeals (Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan) we've seen of late.

Posted: 1/14/2014 6:38pm et
Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said QB Cam Newton has proven that he is the team's franchise quarterback, but Gettleman wouldn't say if the team will approach a long-term deal with Newton. The team has until May 3 to pick up his fifth-year option, which would be similar to a franchise tag.
Huddle Up: Newton had his best year in terms of team success -- 12 wins and a playoff berth as opposed to a combined 13 victories and no postseason over his first 2 years -- but on the fantasy flip-side, he did record career lows in terms of passing (3,379) and rushing yardage (585) and rushing TDs (6). He did, however, hit a career high with 24 TD passes.

Posted: 12/22/2013 10:26pm et
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) said Sunday, Dec. 22, that he suffered an ankle injury in the Week 16 game against the New Orleans Saints. 'Nicked it,' Newton said. The quarterback had both of his ankles re-taped during the game.
Huddle Up: He should be fine for this week, but this is the second week in a row where he has been injured. The Panthers haven't clinched the NFC South, so Newton should be a full go next week.