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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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport believes it's "trending" toward Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot) missing this weekend's game against the Cardinals and QB Kyle Allen getting the start. Newton remains in a walking boot and didn't practice on Wednesday. Fantasy owners shouldn't plan on having him in Week 3 lineups. Allen started last year's season finale against a Saints team with nothing to play for, completing 16 of 27 passes (59.3%) for 228 yards (8.4 YPA), 2 TDs and 0 INTs. He posted an ugly 52.9% completion rate and 4.9 yards per attempt this preseason, although it was enough to beat out rookie Will Grier for the backup job. Allen went undrafted last year after a rocky college career. He was the #1 QB recruit in the country in the 2014 class and actually played alongside Kyler Murray at Texas A&M in 2015. Allen then transferred to Houston, opened the 2017 campaign as the starter but was benched just 3 games in. He's an intriguing player but is just a low-end QB2 for Week 3.

Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot) did not practice on Wednesday. He's reportedly still in a walking boot after re-injuring his foot last Thursday night. Consider Newton no better than 50/50 to play against the Cardinals this weekend. QB Kyle Allen will draw the start if Newton is out.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera said Tuesday that there's "no timeline" for QB Cam Newton's return from his latest foot injury. That doesn't sound like a guy with a good shot of playing this weekend. Newton was reportedly in a walking boot at the Panthers' facility on Tuesday. We'll track his status over the next few days, but fantasy owners should plan on being without Newton for Week 3 -- any maybe longer.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Panthers QB Cam Newton aggravated his foot injury in Thursday night's loss to the Bucs and that his status for Week 3 is "up in the air." We'll keep tabs on Newton throughout the week, but he shouldn't be in your Week 3 fantasy plans. On top of struggling as a passer, Newton isn't running. He has 5 carries for negative 2 yards through 2 games -- and the foot injury is likely to blame. QB Kyle Allen will start for Carolina against the Cardinals on Sunday if Newton can't.

Panthers QB Cam Newton isn't listed on the initial Week 1 injury report. "I feel good about the work that he has done," HC Ron Rivera said Wednesday. Newton still comes with elevated risk in Week 1 fantasy lineups after that preseason foot sprain -- and the fact that Sunday will be his 1st significant action since offseason shoulder surgery. But an active Newton always brings top-5 fantasy upside.

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