The Carolina Panthers announced that they have ruled out QB Cam Newton from Monday night’s Week 5 game, due to a concussion injury he sustained last week.
This, obviously, means that they will turn to QB Derek Anderson as their starter for Monday night’s game.
Newton, 27, is in the second year of his six-year, $118.47 million contract that included $60 million guaranteed. He stands to make base salaries of $13 million (2016), $13.166 million (2017), $14.5 million (2018), $16.2 million (2019) and $18.6 million (2020) over the remainder of the contract.
So far this season, Newton has appeared in all four games for the Panthers and has thrown for 974 yards while completing 57.9 percent of his passes to go along with six touchdowns and five interceptions. He also contributed 147 yards rushing and two rushing touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 13 quarterback out of 35 qualifying players.
Anderson, 33, is in the second year of his three-year, $6.5 million contract that contained $1.5 million guaranteed. He is set to earn a base salary of $1.25 million for 2016 to go along with another $1.55 million next year.
In 2015, Anderson appeared in three games for the Panthers and recorded 36 passing yards on only six attempts. He completed 66.7 percent of his throws rushed seven times for negative two rushing yards.