Are the Panthers Rushing their franchise quarterback to get him back on the field as quickly as possible? Well that move could’ve cost the team another setback.
X-rays following Friday night’s game came back negative. An injury originally thought to be a contusion in Newton’s back has now been identified as the fractured rib.
Rivera announced, via the team’s official Twitter feed, that Newton will not play next week. The Panthers are confident that their franchise quarterback will be leading the offense in Week 1 at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.