Cam Newton could miss several more games and there is no guarantee he will return as a starter for the Panthers
It remains highly unlikely that Panthers strategist Cam Newton plays in Week 8 when the team returns from the exemption, as originally reported last week, and sources have said that an absence of another week beyond is also possible.
The Panthers, 4-0 under backup Kyle Allen, agree with Newton that he should take as long as possible to ensure that his sprained foot is 100% cured upon his return. There is a feeling that recovery will require several weeks of rehabilitation, practice and increased conditioning given how much time the former MVP ran out and how little physical activity he was allowed to undertake while he was away.
It is almost certain that Allen will start against the 49ers in week 8, with Newton just set to return to the field this week after the team’s trip to London and goodbye the week. Once Newton is healthy, it’s not an absolute certainty that he’ll return as a starter, I’m told. The Panthers, in practice, haven’t even started discussing the quarterback scenario yet, sources said, with Allen still the starter and Newton not being allowed to return to a game, and they haven’t. intend to resolve the situation before that. time.
But there haven’t yet been any public – or private – statements about the situation, which is read throughout the league as leaving the door open for Allen to continue as a starter. The second-year quarterback executed the offense well, constantly pushing the ball across the field, and Allen has yet to lose a game in five starts since last season. Newton, on the other hand, has struggled to cope with injuries dating back to the shoulder problem he suffered in the middle of last season.
Newton has a year left to his deal, a contract signed long before David Tepper bought the team, which has always led to the 2020 offseason as a key for the quarterback and this franchise as the owner has to decide on whether or not to pursue a mega-deal. with him or go in a different direction. Of course, Tepper also hasn’t been able to see much of what a healthy Newton can do, other than a nice stretch to open last season, and few players in the league own the. unique attributes of this double-threat quarterback.
A short-term decision on a starting quarterback looms at the end of the month, with Allen’s play and the team’s success with him under cross creating the possibility of him retaining the job.