Cam Newton sat out last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but it is likely that he will get a chance to start in the game on Sunday. The Panthers have been having a difficult time winning all year, but luckily for them, the rest of their division has as well.
The young quarterback has struggled with injuries throughout his career and missed a couple of games at the beginning of the season as well, including the first game that Derek Anderson led the Panthers to victory over the Buccaneers, as he did last week with a 19-17 win.
Speaking on his playing situation, Newton said “If I can play, we all know I want to play. But at the end of the day I won’t jeopardize what we have the opportunity to do just because of my selfishness to say, ‘Oooh, I’m a tough man.'”
Cam Newton is still recovering from when he suffered two small fractures in his lower back in a two-vehicle crash near Bank of America Stadium nine days ago. However, coach Ron Rivera feels that he may be ready to go, and is recovering quicker than what might be expected.
If he is able to return, it should set up an interesting match-up with their game against Cleveland, as Johnny Manziel will be starting the second game of his career after a terrible first start against the Bengals. He was brought off the bench after Brian Hoyer started to struggle following an excellent start to the season.
With the hopes of him returning to the starting lineup, it seems that Newton has been improving every day. Coach Rivera spoke on the situation when saying “We did more with him today than we did with him yesterday. We’ll increase that tomorrow then double-check him on Saturday morning.”
In order to make the playoffs, Cam Newton will need to lead the Panthers to victory in their last two games of the season, which are against the Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons. However, even if they win, the Saints would still need to lose at least one of their games against either the Atlanta Falcons or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[Photo Credit: Facebook]