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Panthers QB Cam Newton will throw to some teammates next week. He missed offseason workouts after undergoing surgery on his throwing shoulder in March. "The biggest thing is just getting on the same page where everybody is in sync," said RB Christian McCaffrey, who will attend the workouts. "Nobody is worried about Cam. He’s going to be just fine. He’s a helluva player, a helluva athlete. He’ll adjust real quickly." We'll be monitoring Newton when training camp opens, but it's looking more and more like the shoulder will be a non-issue by the time Week 1 rolls around.

Panthers QB Cam Newton said he’s “hands down” the thinnest he’s been at this point in any offseason. "I don't want to lose strength, and it's not me wanting to lose weight to become faster," Newton said via Carolina’s official site. "It's me realizing I'm not that same 21-year-old that came into this league that can eat a bag of gummies and then go out and play four quarters of football.” Now 28, Newton’s looking to rebound from an ugly 2016 that included career lows in completion rate and yards per attempt.

Panthers QB Cam Newton resumed throwing last week for the 1st time since March 30 surgery on his throwing shoulder, according to the team website. Newton said the joint is not yet 100%, citing stiffness. But he also said "there's no doubt" he'll be 100% by training camp. If Newton's fantasy value relied more heavily on his passing, we might be more concerned with this situation. But accuracy has never been a strong point for the star QB. The biggest issue here might be the threat of further hits on the repaired joint. Of course, we've baked the general injury risk of Newton's running into his ranking. We'll see how his summer goes.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera expects QB Cam Newton (shoulder) to throw off to the side during next week's minicamp. He'll be about 11 weeks removed from surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder. It doesn't sound like he's a full-go yet, but he might be by the time training camp opens in late July. Newton could use the practice reps with new weapons Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel.

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said QB Cam Newton is “on schedule” to participate in training camp. He played the final 4 games of last season with a partially torn rotator cuff and underwent surgery on his right shoulder on March 30. Per the Panthers, Newton should resume throwing around late June. We’ll track his progress throughout the summer as he tries to rebound from a disappointing 2016.

Panthers QB Cam Newton will undergo surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder on March 30, the team announced. The injury reportedly occurred in Carolina's Week 14 game against the Chargers. Newton completed just 10 of 27 passes for 160 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT in that one. He played in the final 3 games, completing 50.9% of his passes and averaging 245 yards, 1.3 TDs and 1.7 INTs per game. It certainly seems like the injury impacted his play, but it doesn't explain Newton's struggles prior to Week 14. He completed only 54.7% of his passes and averaged 238 yards, 1.3 TDs and .7 INTs in 11 games before the injury. The Panthers hoped rest and rehab would heal Newton's shoulder, but he was still experiencing pain when he resumed throwing earlier this month. So he'll go under the knife. Newton will resume throwing 12 weeks after surgery (late June) and is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. We'll track his recovery.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera said at the Combine Thursday that he wants to scale back QB Cam Newton's rushing attempts. Rivera hinted at this earlier in the offseason, saying, " “our primary runner cannot be our QB." Newton already set career lows with 90 carries and 359 rushing yards last year. A further decline in volume would make it tough for him to score as better than a lower-end QB1. Newton hasn't hit 4,000 passing yards since his 2011 rookie campaign and has only once topped 24 passing TDs.

Panthers QB Cam Newton completed just 10 of 27 passes for 160 yards and 1 TD in Sunday's win over the Chargers. He added 31 rushing yards on 8 attempts, as well as an INT. It was Newton's 4th straight game with fewer than 15 completions and a completion rate of less than 49%. Newton's not playing well. The rushing yards marked his highest total in 4 games, though. That aspect is the only thing keeping Newton in starting contention at all.

Panthers QB Cam Newton has made his was through the concussion protocol and is cleared to play against the Saints tomorrow, according to insider Bill Voth. We'll see if Carolina scales back Newton's rushing workload after the head injury, but he's an elite QB1 for Week 6.

Panthers QB Cam Newton (concussion) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Saints. He put in a full practice on Friday, though, and is fully expected to receive medical clearance by game time. Go ahead and pencil Newton into fantasy lineups. We'll get confirmation on his status by noon ET on Sunday.

Panthers QB Cam Newton (concussion) returned to practice on Wednesday. Barring a setback over the next few days, he'll be back under center for a plum matchup in New Orleans this weekend. Newton chucked for 331 yards and 5 TDs in the Superdome last year.

The Panthers have ruled QB Cam Newton out for Monday night's matchup with the Bucs because of his concussion. We'd already added QB Derek Anderson to our Week 5 rankings. The matchup gives him upside into the top 10 among fantasy QBs

Panthers QB Cam Newton (concussion) missed practice again on Friday. He's looking like an extreme long shot to get cleared in time for Monday night's game against the Bucs. We've removed Newton and added Derek Anderson to the Week 5 QB rankings.

Panthers QB Cam Newton (concussion) remained sidelined for Thursday's practice. The fact that he wasn't able to even get in a limited session means that he still has multiple stages of the concussion protocol to pass through. He's not looking like a great bet to be cleared in time for Monday night's game against the Bucs.

Panthers QB Cam Newton (concussion) wasn't spotted during the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media. It's an unofficial practice since Carolina doesn't play until Monday night. And the fact that Newton isn't cleared yet isn't a death knell to his Week 5 status. But fantasy owners certainly need to be lining up a backup plan. We'll update Newton's status again tomorrow.

The Panthers confirmed that QB Cam Newton sustained a concussion in Sunday's loss in Atlanta. It's the 1st known concussion of his NFL career, which helps his odds of getting cleared in time for Week 5. We'll track his status throughout the coming week. He has an extra day with Carolina playing the Bucs next Monday night.

Panthers QB Cam Newton is being evaluated for a concussion after he took a big shot to the head on a 2-point conversion. We'll let you know if he passes or fails the concussion test.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera doesn't plan on using more read-option this season, despite the loss of WR Kelvin Benjamin.  “I don’t think we’re going to do any more than we’ve done in the past,” Rivera said.  That's obviously bad news for Newton.  After averaging 126.5 carries, 723.5 yards and 11 rushing TDs in his first 2 seasons, those numbers have dropped to 107-562-5.5 over the last 2 years.  Newton could top those latter numbers in 2015 even without more read-option.  But he'd need to approach the 2011-2012 averages to pay off his current 7th-round price tag.  Avoid Newton at that ADP.

Panthers QB Cam Newton struggled in his 1st preseason game without WR Kelvin Benjamin, completing just 4 of 10 passes for 42 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT.  Newton's first 3 passes fell incomplete, and the 4th was picked off.  Three of his 4 completions were to TE Greg Olsen, who should pace Carolina in targets this year.  Note that WR Devin Funchess (hamstring) didn't play on Saturday night, but Newton's weaponry is a major concern heading into the season.  It leaves him as more of a low-end QB1.

Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin has a torn ACL and will require surgery, according to's Ian Rapoport.  The big 2nd-year wideout will miss the entire 2015 season.  His absence leaves Carolina with 1 of the weakest WR corps in the league and figures to mean a greater reliance on the run game. We'll have updated projections for the Panthers later tonight.


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