Newton was planning to put off surgery and try to rehab the injury, but this will knock him out for somewhere between eight-to-10 weeks and up to three months.
Newton is most likely done for the season, which means it’s Kyle Allen from here on for Carolina.
According to Rapoport, Newton’s ligaments in his foot should be healed in time for March, which is when his future with the Panthers will ultimately be determined.
Despite dealing with a number of injuries the past few years, Rapoport says Newton wants to continue his playing career. Although, Rapoport writes “it remains highly unlikely that he’ll be with the Panthers in 2020.”
Newton will likely draw trade interest next offseason and Rapoport seems to think this is the most likely option.
Meanwhile, Jason La Canfora reports that Panthers ownership was unsure about giving Newton another long-term extension before his foot injury.
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 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.