Panthers’ QB Cam Newton Reportedly Still Not Close to Returning to Field

Cam Newton in 2017. Photo by Jacob Kupferman/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

When Carolina Panther’s Cam Newton went down with a foot injury in mid-September, it was expected he will miss a couple of weeks while recovering. But seven weeks later, Newton is still sidelined, and reportedly he isn’t even close to returning to the field.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Friday that Newton’s recovery isn’t going as expected and that his foot isn’t getting better despite the 30-year-old being in limited activity and not playing football. According to Rapoport, Newton will now visit renowned foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in order to try and see why he isn’t recovering.

After missing two games last season with a shoulder injury, Cam Newton recovered in time to start the 2019 season. However, he struggled in Week 1 and 2, completing 56.2 percent of his passes for 572 and no touchdowns. Newton ended up sitting out the Week 3 games, and it was later revealed that he has been dealing with a foot injury since training camp and that he was diagnosed with Lisfranc fracture.

After Newton went down, second-year QB Kyle Allen took over the starting job. Allen was off to a great start, winning the first four games, and even sparking a debate that he should be Carolina’s quarterback moving forward regardless of Newton’s recovery.

Allen led the Panthers to 4-1 record in his first five starts, throwing for 1,059 yards, seven TDs, and three interceptions.