Panthers HC Ron Rivera said of Newton: “He felt pretty good at the end of the week. But we don’t want another setback. Want to make sure he’s ready to roll.”
The Panthers and Newton have had a slow start to the season. Carolina is 0-2 and Newton has not thrown a passing touchdown and has negative rushing yardage so far in 2019.
Newton entered the season coming off of his second shoulder surgery in as many years. He also suffered a midfoot sprain in the team’s third preseason game. Panthers HC Ron Rivera has up to this point maintained that Newton is healthy, however.
Newton, 30, is a former first-round pick of the Panthers back in 2011. He 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 2018, Newton appeared in 14 games for the Panthers threw for 3,395 yards while completing 67.9 percent of his passes to go along with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also rushed for 488 yards and four touchdowns.