NFC South Notes: Cam, Bucs, Saints

Cam Newton has had surgery to repair a lisfranc injury on his left foot, and the former MVP has been resting in Atlanta after what interim head coach Perry Fewell called “successful surgery” Monday, relays ESPN’s David Newton. Cam would also confirm this himself via his Instagram page on Thursday. There is currently no timeline for his recovery.

Last week, it was reported that Newton would have foot surgery since he was not going to return to the team this year. Now that he has had the procedure done, Newton will be out of action for at least two months, but should certainly be ready to go once the offseason workouts begin.

Despite reports indicating that the Panthers will indeed shop Newton during the offseason, last month, Newton’s quotes made it seem like he wanted to remain with the only organization he has ever known when discussing his future.

“Charlotte is home,” Newton said. “Charlotte is a place I know people know me. They’re not just assuming. They know how I am. They know my energy. They know what I like and what I don’t like. For me to have that type of presence, it just reminds me that … it’s right.”

The former No. 1 overall pick is owed $18.6 million in 2020. He will be a free agent in 2021 barring a contract extension.

Let’s check out some more developments around the NFC South:

  • Despite being a “cut candidate”The Athletic’s Greg Auman opines that he would be very surprised if Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones was not part of their future. The former second-round draft pick has had an up and down season for the Bucs this year, rushing for 518 yards and five touchdowns as of this morning. He also states that running back Dare Ogunbowale is inexpensive and serves multiple roles, and that there is a strong chance he’s back to at least compete for the same jobs, while impending free agent running back to be Peyton Barber could sign elsewhere or come back on a modest deal.
  • ESPN’s Mike Triplett relays that Sean Payton said the Saints expect tight end Jared Cook to play and be ready Monday night when they take on the Colts in New Orleans. Cook returned to a full practice Friday after suffering a concussion last week against the 49ers. Cook has had a nice year for the Saints thus far and has proven to be a reliable receiving option for Drew Brees. On the season, Cook has 34 receptions for 523 yards and six touchdowns, and is known to be very difficult to defend in the end zone due to his massive frame.
  • Saints’ cornerback Marcus Williams was fined for his costly facemask penalty on 49ers tight end George Kittle last week. Williams’ penalty set up Robbie Gould’s 30-yard field goal as time expired in the 49ers’ 48-46 victory over the Saints last week. San Francisco cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon and New Orleans safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson were also fined after being penalized in that game. Witherspoon’s hit on Jared Cook knocked him out of the game with a concussion, and he was penalized for an unnecessary hit to the neck and head area.


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  1. crosseyedlemon

    Pretty amusing when a millionaire does the “Ah shucks! I’m right at home in Mayberry” routine.

  2. Tazza

    Nick Foles to the Panthers,
    Cam Newton to the Chargers,
    Phillip Rivers to retire

    • crosseyedlemon

      I’m not sure Dean Spanos would want a QB who has an ego that matches his own but it seems certain the Chargers will move on from Rivers.

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