Injured Panthers QB Cam Newton declared out for Week 3 game against Cardinals
Sept. 20, 2019
In a move that was becoming increasingly clear to everyone closely watching the Carolina Panthers, quarterback Cam Newton will miss Week 3’s game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, it was announced Friday.
Newton has missed all of Carolina’s practices this week as he deals with a foot injury that was aggravated in last Thursday's 20-14 loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Newton has had a slow start to the season, leading to some speculation that he has been playing through ailments. He also underwent surgery this offseason to his right, throwing shoulder.
In two games this year, Newton has completed 56.2% of his passes for 572 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. Newton has also notably rushed the ball less often in 2019, with only five attempts for minus-2 yards.
Newton, 30, was not asked to sneak the ball or rush late in the fourth quarter of the loss against the Buccaneers, when the Panthers had driven down to Tampa's two-yard line with 1:28 to play. On a fourth-and-one, instead, the Panthers dialed up a direct snap to running back Christian McCaffrey that resulted in no gain and a turnover on downs that ended Carolina's chance of winning.
The Panthers fell to 0-2.
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Backup Kyle Allen will start in place of Newton, and will face off against Cardinals rookie Kyler Murray.
Interestingly enough, both Allen and Murray were teammates at Texas A&M in 2015, when Allen beat out Murray for the starting quarterback job with the Aggies. Both players later transferred out of Texas A&M after trading starts in the program.
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