Published: Wed, October 19, 2016
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

QB Newton Resumes Practice with the Panthers After Recovering from a Concussion

QB Newton Resumes Practice with the Panthers After Recovering from a Concussion

Cam Newton, the quarterback at Panthers has recovered well from a concussion he suffered to make him miss their matchup with Tampa Bay on Monday. On Wednesday, he resumed practice with his teammates and even took reps together with offense players of the first team. The Panthers management allowed the media to capture their practice session, as Newton cracked jokes with his teammates while throwing passes. Wearing a red practice jersey printed No. 1 and a helmet, the QB also took snaps in the opening 20 minutes of practice. As online NFL odds narrowed down on the situation at Panthers, the QB enjoyed throwing the ball around as he kept jogging during the walk-through session.

Amidst the increasing expectations with Newton’s return, it remains unclear if Panthers coach Ron Rivera will select the reigning MVP in the NFL to start against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The only way to find this out is waiting for the coach to address the issue to the media on Wednesday. Carolina Panthers have lost their last three games in a row (1-4), which has started to worry fans (1-4) is marred in a three-game losing streak.

Not only did Newton return to practice, but also Jonathan Stewart, the running back who suffered a hamstring injury to rule him out of the last three games. Even though their return could boost their chances of winning the next scheduled games, Rivera still has other talented players out. These include defensive tackle Vernon Butler (ankle), cornerback James Bradberry (toe) and left tackle Michael Oher (concussion).

Statistics show that the first four opening games of this season has not been easy for Newton, who has struggled to play as expected. The quarterback has managed to complete only 57.9% of his passes, along with five interceptions and six touchdowns. With an 80.2 quarterback rating, he is currently ranked 32nd in the league. However, he has always brought out his A-game in most of the past games against the Saints.

In only two wins against New Orleans during the 2015 season, Newton managed to score seven touchdowns, made one interception and completed 48 of 72 passes for 646 yards. While at the 2015 Superdome, he helped his team to win 41-48 by throwing five touchdowns. Sean Payton, the Saints coach, has expressed that they are expecting Newton to play so that his boys can learn improve on the challenges they face when laying against the QB. Payton added that Newton has the knack of commanding the offense, which helps boosts his efficiency in the field against many opponents when h has the ball.

Since he joined the NFL six years ago, Newton has started in all games except three only in his career. During their Week 4 loss against Atlanta Falcons, linebacker Deion Jones knocked him out of the fourth quarter to after slowing down on a 2-point conversion run. In case coach Rivera decides to rest Newton on Sunday, Derek Anderson will be the most appropriate option for the Panthers. The 33-year-old fellow quarterback struggled in their 17-4 loss against the Buccaneers in which he triggered three turnovers, along with a fourth-quarter turnover at the Bucs 2-yard line.

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