Panthers HC Ron Rivera said following Sunday’s game that he will not make any determination regarding their quarterback situation until Newton is healthy.
Kyle Allen has led the team to four straight wins since taking over for Newton, which makes this a particularly interesting decision for Carolina.
Newton has been dealing with what he called a mild Lisfranc injury. When he first suffered the injury in Week 3 of the preseason, the team initially called a midfoot sprain, though the two terms are somewhat synonymous.
After two games, the team made the decision to rest Newton until he was fully healthy. Newton did not need surgery for the injury and the expected timeline to recover is between four and eight weeks.
Newton, 30, is a former first-round pick of the Panthers back in 2011. He is entering the fifth year of his six-year, $118.47 million contract that includes $60 million guaranteed and stands to make base salaries of $16.2 million and $18.6 million over the final two years of the agreement.
In 2019, Newton has appeared in two games for the Panthers, completing 50 out of 89 passes for 572 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. He has also rushed five times for -2 yards.
We’ll have more regarding Newton as the news is available.