Panthers Place Cam Newton On IR

The Panthers announced that they have placed Cam Newton on injured reserve. The quarterback could theoretically return in January, but in all likelihood, his season is over. 

For the past seven weeks, Cam has diligently followed a program of rest and rehab and still is experiencing pain in his foot,” general manager Marty Hurney said. “He saw two foot specialists last week who agreed that he should continue that path prescribed by the team’s medical staff, and that it likely will take significant time for the injury to fully heal.

We have said all along that it is impossible to put a timetable on this injury. Nobody is more frustrated with that fact than Cam. He’s one of the fiercest competitors I’ve been around during my 20-plus years in the League. At this time, we have decided that the best decision to reach the goal of bringing the foot back to 100 percent is to place Cam on injured reserve.”

Before 2018, Newton missed only three starts in seven years. But, last year, things changed drastically, starting with a shoulder injury that required surgery. This year, he’s been hampered by a mid-foot sprain that won’t go away.

In his two games this year, Newton completed 50-of-89 passes for 572 yards and zero touchdown passes with one interception. Meanwhile, he’s due $19.1MM (non-guaranteed) with a $21.1MM cap number in 2020.

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  1. mstockw1

    In the off season didn’t the owner say he’d be okay with seeing Cam sit the whole year so he can come back fully healthy? It’ll be interesting to see if he gets that chance.

  2. jirogers72

    Time to move to on Cam. You never could adjust your game to fit the pro style offense. Yes you need to be mobile, but run first pass second mentality, unorthodox throwing motion, and inability to drop back and throw quickly has been your doom. Hopefully you can find a new home and adjust your style, but not at $30M a year.

  3. Tazza

    I’m more of an NBA fan but am a casual NFL fan but cause his contract next year isn’t guaranteed can’t the Panthers just cut him next year and free up 20 mil in cap space? I know Cam might still have some value to some teams (Denever, Chicago, whatever) but surely freeing up that much money is also just as good

    • compassrose

      If they cut him they save $19 mill in cap space. The $2 mill is probably a bonus prorated from his contract over the life of the contract.

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