As has been the case since the start of training camp, the health of Newton's surgically repaired throwing shoulder is of greater concern to the Panthers than the ankle issue, which he picked up coming out of Sunday's win over the Bills. According to Steve Reed of the Associated Press, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said his main goal with Newton is about "managing the week" heading into each game, suggesting that the quarterback may be in store for limited practice reps for much of the season to ensure his shoulder gets sufficient rest. Any lack of practice time probably won't result in much tangible change in Newton's fantasy stock week in and week out, but the long-term absence of favored target Greg Olsen (foot), who was moved to injured reserve Tuesday, is a more negative development for the former MVP's future outlook.
Newton (shoulder/ankle) was limited at Wednesday's practice, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera already made it clear that Newton's practice reps will be monitored throughout the season to keep his surgically-repaired shoulder healthy. The quarterback might've been limited at Wednesday's practice even if he hadn't twisted his ankle in Sunday's 9-6 win over the Bills, but the presence of a new injury means his participation is worth monitoring throughout the week. While the ankle doesn't seem like a major threat to Newton's availability for Sunday's game against the Saints, it could have an impact on his rushing ability.
Newton (shoulder) completed 20 of 32 passes for 228 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Sunday's 9-3 win over the Bills. He also gained 27 yards on five rushes.
Newton's solid final line belied the physical pounding he took, one that saw him get brought down on six occasions, and, as per Craig Reed of the Associated Press, finish the contest with a twisted ankle. He connected with seven different pass catchers and showed strong rapport with both Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess, logging 10 completions for 145 yards on the combined 15 occasions in which he targeted the duo. Newton also upped both his completion percentage (56.0 to 62.5) and yards per attempt (6.84 to 7.13) over those he'd compiled in the opener, with his failure to put any touchdowns on the board the one major fantasy blemish on his afternoon. While the expected multi-week absence of Greg Olsen (foot) does leave Newton without one of his most trusted weapons, his ability to spread the ball around and also supplement his numbers with his legs figure to keep help keep his production at a solid level. Assuming the ankle injury is nothing serious, he'll look to exploit a favorable Week 3 home matchup against the Saints' beatable defense.
Newton (shoulder) returned to full participation at Friday's practice and doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against Buffalo, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Newton was limited at Thursday's practice for what coach Ron Rivera described as a maintenance day. Rivera also hinted that the team could follow a similar plan in the coming weeks, referring to it as "the new normal" for Newton. Coming off an inconsistent Week 1 showing in San Francisco, the 28-year-old quarterback should look a bit more comfortable against the Bills on Sunday.
Newton (shoulder) suited up for Friday's practice, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Newton was limited at Thursday's session after being a full participant Wednesday, but the downgrade in status was planned by head coach Ron Rivera to give Newton extra time to rest up. Newton's participation in Friday's session puts him on track to start as expected Sunday against the Bills.
|4||10/1/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/26/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|