Panthers’ QB Cam Newton Set To Make 2014 Preseason Debut This Sunday

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Friday, August 15th, 2014 | 0


Despite missing the Carolina Panthers’ first preseason game while still recovering from offseason surgery to tighten ligaments in his ankle, star quarterback Cam Newton hasn’t missed a single snap of training camp reps.

Today, Panther fans got some even better news to build on at the crucial starting point of the 2014 season.

Last night (Thurs., August 14, 2014), the Panthers wrapped up training camp in Spartansburg, NC, after which head coach Ron Rivera, speaking to the Charlotte Observer, detailed the team’s plans to have their elite QB play the first quarter of Sunday’s exhibition game against the Chiefs:

“We’ll see,” Rivera said after Thursday’s practice. “Right now the initial plan is to get him into the first quarter and then go from there.”

Rivera continued on about Newton’s work ethic, noting that he is so competitive that it may be tough to gauge exactly where his recovery is:

“He can’t help himself because he loves to compete and he wants to win,” Rivera said. “That is one of the things that is of concern – that he’ll get out there and he may see something, he may go from a three to a seven (in effort level) and the next thing you know he’s out there doing his thing. That’s just who he is. He’s very competitive.”

For his part, Newton took a step back to focus on the recovery, believing that he must treat his ankle vehemently regardless of how good it may be feeling that day:

“The thing that keeps coming back up is, ‘Keep treating it. Treat it when it feels good, treat it when it feels bad. Don’t be that guy that only treats it when it’s nagging. Try to stay ahead of the pain,’ ” Newton said. “That’s what I’ve been doing, and it’s been paying off.”

It seems Newton has the right mindset in place for the 2014 season, but with the team’s success basically resting on his talented shoulders (and legs), each and every precaution may be a crucial one. He knows this, which is why he’s intent on adhering to any and all treatment procedures in order to be full healthy:

“Each day it’s been getting better and better for me. At this point we don’t want to have any mishaps in the treatment process,” Newton said. “I’m doing as much as I can, or as much as (head trainer Ryan Vermillion) is allowing me to do with my ankle, so I can be 100 percent when the time is needed.”

With the regular season looming large, the Panthers will need him to be just that in order to compete in the talented NFC South.The Panthers will open the 2014 season on Sunday, September 7, taking on division rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Florida.

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