Cam Newton Injury Updates

Panthers QB Cam Newton's arm strength now is "like night and day" compared to last year, former Panther and current Bill Captain Munnerlyn said. Munnerlyn spent the past couple of days practicing against Newton. “His arm looks a whole lot better now. Man, to see him come back from that injury, I know it’s been tough on him," Munnerlyn said. “To see him come back like he’s doing, I expect big things from him." All reports on Newton's recovery from shoulder surgery continue to be positive. He's a nice value at his current 9th-round, QB10 ADP.

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.

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.

Panthers QB Cam Newton was limited in practice this week with a sore throwing shoulder but isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll play against the Ravens on Sunday. But between the shoulder issue and that tough matchup, Newton is a shaky QB1 play.

Panthers QB Cam Newton suffered "ligament and cartilage damage" in his right knee in the playoff loss to the Saints, the team announced. We don't have any other details on the injury, but Newton isn't expected to need surgery. "He's fine," team spokesman Steven Drummond said. We'll see if Newton is ready for the start of the offseason program. He has a new offense to learn under OC Norv Turner.

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 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 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.

The Panthers and QB Cam Newton have agreed to a 5-year, $103 million extension.  It tacks on to the final year of his rookie deal and keeps Newton in Carolina through the 2020 season.  The $67.6 million that he'll receive over the first 3 years of the deal is the most in NFL history.  Newton has yet to develop into an upper-echelon passer, actually seeing his passing yards decrease in each of his first 4 seasons.  But he just turned 26 and easily leads all QBs in rushing yards (2,571) and TDs (33) since entering the league in 2011.  Newton was a top-6 fantasy QB in each of his first 3 years before dropping to 17th in an injury-plagued 2014.  He's had a healthy offseason, though, and is plenty capable of jumping back into high-end QB1 territory this season.

Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) took the 1st-team reps at practice on Thursday.  "I'd be shocked if he doesn't start" against the Browns this weekend, insider Joseph Person tweeted.  It's tough to believe Newton will be at 100%, though.  Remember that QB Tony Romo looked limited in his 1st game back from the same injury.  And unlike Romo, Newton's fantasy value is strongly tied to his running ability.  He's not a recommended QB1 for Week 16.

Speaking Monday, Panthers HC Ron Rivera was non-committal on QB Cam Newton's status for this weekend's game against the Browns.  “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."  Cowboys QB Tony Romo and Baylor QB Bryce Petty both missed just 1 game with the same injury Newton is dealing with, so he definitely has a chance to return this weekend.  His odds are helped by the fact that Carolina is still in the playoff hunt.

The Panthers announced that QB Cam Newton suffered 2 transverse process fractures in his lower back in Tuesday's car accident.  It's the same injury Cowboys QB Tony Romo had earlier this season.  Romo ended up missing 1 game.  Carolina does still have an outside shot at a playoff berth, but we doubt they'll risk further injury to their franchise QB.  For now, consider Newton unlikely to play against the Bucs this weekend.  That'd leave QB Derek Anderson as the starter.  The 31-year-old actually started the season-opener against Tampa Bay, completing 24 of 34 passes for 230 yards with 2 TDs and 0 INTs.  WR Kelvin Benjamin posted a 6-92-1 line in that game, and TE Greg Olsen went 8-83-1.  Anderson shouldn't be in Week 15 fantasy lineups, but he's serviceable enough to keep the offense on track.  

Panthers QB Cam Newton was injured in a car accident on Tuesday, according to the Charlotte Observer.  We don't have any details on the extent of Newton's injuries, but his car was overturned.  Stay tuned for update.  QB Derek Anderson is Newton's backup.

Update: Steve Crump of WBTV in Charlotte reports that there are no injuries to Newton.  He was taken to the hospital as a precaution.  His availability for this weekend's game against the Bucs remains uncertain.

Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo hears that Panthers QB Cam Newton is dealing with a right foot injury.  Carolina's medical staff reportedly believes the issue is a result of Newton over-compensating for the left ankle he had surgically repaired this offseason.  Newton also appeared to tweak his hamstring or groin in last night's loss to the Eagles.  The guy is a mess physically right now and doesn't have the mobility that's made him such a fantasy force in the past.  Newton took 9 sacks and ran for just 6 yards against Philly.  He has a plus Week 11 matchup against the Falcons but will be a risky fantasy starter.

Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin is in the concussion protocol, HC Ron Rivera revealed on Wednesday. It's the 1st we've heard of the head injury.  Benjamin took a few big shots in last week's tie but was still in there at the end of the game.  He's now iffy for this Sunday's game against the Packers, though.  We'll keep tabs on his progress over the next few days.  Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant would be Carolina's top 2 WRs if Benjamin is out.  It'd be a sizable hit to QB Cam Newton's Week 7 outlook.

Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) says there's "no doubt in my mind" he'll play against the Bucs in Week 1.  Rib injuries usually come down to pain tolerance, so the fact that Newton is optimistic is good news.  Still, it's possible -- maybe even likely -- that the injury impacts his power-running game.  Newton is a risky, low-end QB1 to open the season

Panthers QB Cam Newton will sit out the final preseason game after all as he deals with a hairline fracture in his ribs, according to Panthers blog Black and Blue Review.  Newton suffered the injury in Friday night's game against New England.  HC Ron Rivera had planned to play Newton in the final exhibition to get extra snaps after offseason ankle surgery slowed the QB's start.  Rivera said he still expects his starter to be ready for the regular-season opener.  From here, however, this looks like just 1 more reason to be wary of choosing Newton as your starter in your fantasy football draft.

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart has been constantly dealing with injuries since entering the league back in 2008.  He's missed 19 games and been limited in a bunch more.  But Stewart is supposedly enjoying his healthiest offseason in a while.  "Very excited about having Jonathan on the field," HC Ron Rivera said. "He's healthy again. He's moving the way we need him to move. I like what we're getting out of him. Even Jonathan is saying this is the first time he's been healthy [in a while]. So that's a good thing."  We remain skeptical of Stewart's ability to stay healthy.  And he still has DeAngelo Williams, Mike Tolbert and Cam Newton to contend with for carries.  But Carolina wants to go run-heavy this season, and Stewart is still only 27.  His ADP is sitting in the 17th round, which means he's going undrafted in a lot of league.  Stewart isn't a bad flier to take at the end of drafts.

Pro Football Talk reports that the issues with Panthers QB Cam Newton's ankle dated back to college.  The joint obviously hadn't been bothering him enough to sideline him and apparently became an injury worth repairing this offseason -- after rest failed to improve it.  Doctors reportedly tightened loose ligaments.  It's too early to say how much this operation might impact Newton's play -- positively or negatively.  He figures to be among the closest-watched players in fantasy football heading into the summer.


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