The Carolina Panthers will likely be without their star quarterback for "Monday Night Football." According to a report from the Charlotte Observer, Cam Newton is expected to miss Monday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to the lingering effects of the concussion he sustained last Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
Newton was listed on the Panthers' injury report on Thursday with a DNP (Did Not Participate) designation, and he is still in the league's concussion protocol. He will have to be cleared by an independent neurologist before he is allowed to participate in practice and/or a game.
Backup Derek Anderson will make the start if Newton is unable to play. He went 17 of 23 for 172 yards, two touchdowns and two picks in relief of Newton last week. Anderson made two starts in Newton's injury-related absence back in 2014, winning both games while completing 65 of 97 passes for 701 yards and five touchdowns.
In his last action as a regular starter, he went 2-7 for Arizona in 2010. Prior to that he compiled a 16-18 record as a semi-regular starter during four seasons with the Browns.
In addition to Newton, left tackle Michael Oher, running back Jonathan Stewart, cornerback James Bradberry, and defensive tackle Vernon Butler are all expected to miss the game, per the Observer's report.