Newton will not undergo surgery on his shoulder this offseason. Newton has been bothered by his shoulder for the past handful of weeks, leaving him as a limited participant in practice most days. The reigning MVP will just need to rest the shoulder over the next few months and should be cleared to participate in offseason workouts.
Newton (shoulder) completed 18 of 32 passes for 237 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Bucs. He also gained six yards on three rushes. In a strangely fitting way, Newton ended a highly disappointing season from both an individual and team perspective with another sub-par performance. He was victimized by Brent Grimes for a pick-six, and safety Keith Tandy also swiped another two of his passes. It was notably Newton's second straight multi-interception game, and third overall in 2016. Newton finishes the season with a mediocre 19:14 TD:INT ratio and just 359 rushing yards, easily a career low.
Newton (shoulder) is listed as active Sunday at Tampa Bay, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports. Newton more or less cleared the air regarding his Week 17 availability with a full session Friday, after which backup QB Derek Anderson was ruled out for the regular season finale due to an illness. With Newton under center Sunday, he'll be attempting to avoid a completion percentage below 50 percent for the sixth time in the past seven games.
Newton (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. Newton was limited prior to putting together a full practice Friday, but as coach Ron Rivera suggested earlier in the week, that involvement should be enough to allow him to play as usual Sunday. His status will still need to be confirmed, of course, but with backup Derek Anderson (illness) already ruled out, the Panthers would be forced to play Joe Webb at quarterback if Newton is unexpectedly unavailable.
Head coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that Newton (shoulder) is in line to play Sunday at Tampa Bay, the Panthers' official site reports. Limited in both official practices to date this week, Newton's availability for Sunday's game hasn't been in question, despite the Panthers having no ability to escape the basement of the NFC South with a victory. On the heels of a dour six-game stretch in which he's failed to complete at least 50 percent of his passes five times, he'll look to wrap a forgettable season on a high note against the Buccaneers' 23rd-ranked pass defense.
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