Newton (shoulder) was a full practice participant Friday and doesn't have a designation on the final injury report for Sunday's game against the Packers.
Per usual, Newton didn't log a full session until the final practice of the week. The limited workload seems to have helped him stay healthy throughout the season, though his inconsistent performance hasn't exactly inspired confidence. Newton has at least fared well in most of his favorable matchups, which bodes well for Sunday's game against a Packers team that's given up 7.8 yards per pass attempt.
Newton (shoulder) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Newton is merely proceeding with maintenance for his right shoulder, which required arthroscopic surgery in March but hasn't impacted his ability to play this season. Over his last six games, though, Newton has surpassed 200 passing yards just once, instead keeping the Panthers' offense afloat with efficiency and his legs. During that span, he has tossed eight touchdowns versus two interceptions, averaged 62.3 rushing yards per game and scored twice on the ground.
Newton completed 13 of 25 passes for 137 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Vikings. He also rushed 11 times for 70 yards.
Newton's performance was highlighted by a 62-yard rush to put Carolina in position to score the game-winning touchdown with under two minutes remaining. Along with shaking a defender in the open field on that play, Newton's 18-yard touchdown pass during the third quarter also came after he used his legs to buy time to find Devin Funchess. While Newton has topped 200 passing yards just once over the last six games, he's surpassed 50 rushing yards four times during that span, resulting in five Panther victories. With his dual-threat prowess reestablished, Newton will look to keep things rolling next Sunday versus the Packers.
Newton (shoulder) practiced fully Friday and doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Though he's now several months removed from offseason surgery on his throwing shoulder, Newton has been a fixture on the Panthers' injury reports throughout the season. In spite of that, Newton has never been in any serious danger of missing any games this season, and the right shoulder shouldn't present any issues during Sunday's contest. Of greater concern for Newton is the Vikings' pass defense, which has limited opposing passers to 6.5 yards per attempt this season, good for the third-best mark in the NFL.
Newton (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Notably, Newton ditched the thumb injury attached to his name the past two weeks, during which he completed just 28 of 55 passes for 351 yards and two touchdowns and galloped 15 times for 79 yards and one more score. Continued maintenance for his surgically-repaired right shoulder could limit Newton's practice reps through the end of the week as he prepares for Sunday's matchup against the Vikings' 10th-ranked pass defense.
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