Cam Newton Practices In Full Pads Wednesday

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 | 0


Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was held out of the team’s Week 1 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after suffering a hairline fracture in his ribs during a preseason loss to the New England Patriots.

The Panthers will head back to Charlotte for their home opener against Detroit this Sunday (September 14, 2014), and head coach Ron Rivera was adamant that Newton would be available to lead the team against the Lions, who looked impressive in a one-sided win over the New York Giants on Monday Night Football.

It’s sounding like Rivera’s forecast will indeed be true, as reported that Newton was sighted practicing in full pads today (September 10, 2014). By comparison, Newton missed practice last Wednesday heading into Week 1 and was limited overall.

If Newton does indeed start, their contest against the Lions could be one of the most exciting match-ups of the weekend. Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford looked more dangerous than ever with the league’s best wide receiver in Calvin Johnson. The team also has more weapons at his disposal than they’ve ever had.

The Panthers are also a team to watch with their stifling defense and rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who hauled in six passes or 92 yards and a score in his first-ever NFL game. Carolina beat the Buccaneers in hostile territory without their star quarterback, signifying that they’re ready to be a legitimate contender this year.

With Newton back, they’ll begin to realize their full potential, but the Panthers shouldn’t bank on him being back to full strength just yet. He notoriously gains a lot of his yards running, and a rib injury should significantly cut back on the times he scrambles. One big hit could cause him to lose more time, and that’s something the Panthers simply can’t afford to risk at this pivotal point in the season.

A lot of their match-up with Detroit will hinge on how Detroit’s defense can contain Newton. If pass rushing tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley are able to put a ton of pressure on him, the Panthers could be in trouble.

If he can avoid their onslaught, however, Newton could be back to his usual ‘Superman’ self this Sunday.

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