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Cam Newton

Cam Newton QB - CAR

Experience: 7 YRS  
Height: 6'5"  
Weight: 244 
Bye: 4

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Panthers owner David Tepper admitted Tuesday that he has "no idea" if QB Cam Newton will need surgery on his throwing shoulder. “We all want the same thing: To do everything possible to make it better by next year,” Tepper added. “And hopefully he gets better." ESPN's Adam Schefter caused a stir when he suggested Newton could sit out the 2019 season, but the Charlotte media didn't come away from Tepper's press conference with that feeling. Still, another surgery -- Newton had a a procedure on this throwing shoulder prior to the 2017 campaign -- would muddy his status going forward.

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The Panthers are shutting down QB Cam Newton for the rest of the season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's a smart move by Carolina. Newton's shoulder has obviously become a bigger problem over the past few weeks, and the Panthers are all but eliminated from the playoff picture. We'll see if Newton needs another surgery on that shoulder or if some rest will get him back to 100%. His absence will leave Taylor Heinicke as Carolina's starter for the last 2 weeks. Undrafted out of Old Dominion back in 2015, Heinicke has attempted just 5 regular-season NFL passes. He's not a Week 16 fantasy option and is a downgrade for all of Carolina's skill-position guys. RB Christian McCaffrey is the only reliable fantasy play on the team.

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Panthers QB Cam Newton admitted after Monday night's loss to the Saints that his throwing shouldn't is "not getting better." He struggled mightily vs. New Orleans, completing just 16 of 29 passes for 131 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT. None of his attempts traveled more than 20 yards downfield, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. “I wish I could say what the injury is, but I don’t really know what it is, either,” Newton said. “No matter how much you push. No matter how much you ice, anti-inflammatories you take. Trust me, I did it — acupuncture, massages. It’s not been a time when a night went by without me getting some type of work done on my arm. I just don’t have the strength.” It's possible the Panthers shut Newton down with their season all but over. Even if he plays against the Falcons this weekend, he'll be tough to trust in fantasy lineups.

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Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) isn't listed on the final Week 14 injury report. He was limited on Wednesday and Thursday but listed as a full participant on Friday. Newton is dealing with some soreness in his throwing shoulder, which adds some risk to his fantasy outlook. But he remains a strong QB1 vs. Cleveland this weekend.

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Panthers QB Cam Newton was limited in Wednesday's practice with a throwing-shoulder issue. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport termed it a "sore" shoulder and said it "may be a battle the rest of the season." Rapoport added that he's "received no indication that his playing status is in doubt." Newton, of course, is coming off his worst game of the year -- a 4-INT clunker in Tampa Bay. It's also worth noting that he was pulled for QB Taylor Heinicke for a Hail Mary on the final play of that game. We'll continue to keep an eye on Newton's status. He'll come with a bit more risk in Week 14 fantasy lineups but remains a QB1.

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Injury Predictor

Newton has remained remarkably durable, considering his physical, run-heavy style. The Panthers QB reportedly suffered ligament and cartilage damage to his right knee in January's playoff loss at New Orleans. The team hasn't said much, other than that Newton avoided surgery. But no one appears too concerned about the joint. Newton did have offseason shoulder surgery before 2017, so he might be in better shape for prep work this time around. Barring any issues with the knee this summer, we'd expect the same old productive fantasy QB in 2018.

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Date Injury Analysis
Jan 7, 2018 Knee Strain Grade 1 Newton suffered ligament and cartilage damage, as well as extensive swelling. He avoided surgery.
Dec 11, 2016 Shoulder Rotator Cuff Tear Newton eventually underwent surgery on March 30, 2017.
Oct 2, 2016 Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Newton took a hard hit to the head during Week 4 action.
Dec 9, 2014 Back Vertebral Fracture Newton endured two transverse process fractures in his lower back in a car accident.
Aug 22, 2014 Chest Rib Fracture Newton suffered a fractured rib in a preseason game. He missed the first game of the regular season as a result.
Jan 12, 2014 Pedal Ankle Ligament Tear Grade 3 The procedure was designed to tighten ligaments in Newton's left ankle and give him more range of motion. Surgery was on March 19, 2014.
Dec 30, 2012 Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Newton suffered a left ankle sprain against the Saints that was considered minor.
Aug 30, 2008 Pedal Ankle Sprain Grade 2 During his sophomore season, Newton played in the season opener against Hawaii but suffered an ankle injury. He then took a medical redshirt.

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