Newton absorbed a hit by Jamie Collins on a quarterback run late in the second quarter. he was seen pointing his hip and sat out for one play in order to get medical attention. He returned to action and played the rest of the first half with the first unit. During the second half, he went to the locker room for an X-ray on his back, which came back negative. According to the NFL Network, he was diagnosed with a contusion in the middle of his back.
Newton was sacked three times and compiled 88 yards through the air while completing 8 of 12 passes. He finished with a 88.2 passer rating.
As it stands on Monday,
Newton got off to a slow start early on, overthrowing rookie Kelvin Benjamin on a deep pass. He went three-and-out his first three drives. On the fourth drive, he finally got into a rhythm and found Ed Dickson on an 11-yard pass, which later led to a Jonathan Stewart touchdown run. On the fifth drive, he finally hooked up with Benjamin for a 24-yard completion, which also led to another Stewart touchdown on the ground.
newton compiled 65 yards through the air while completing 4 of 9 passes, with no touchdowns, registering a 69.2 passer rating. He was sacked twice and finished without a rushing attempt.
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