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Cam Newton will sit out Panthers' preseason opener

11 August 2017

Newton reportedly did some light throwing at Panthers training camp on Sunday, but hadn't been throwing the week before.

Newton had surgery in March to fix a partially torn rotator cuff. His performances up until this point have been raising eyebrows both inside and out of Panthers camp.

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Last year, Newton passed for 3,509 yards and 19 touchdowns, while also rushing for 359 yards and five scores, over 15 games (14 starts). He nearly certainly will not participate in the preseason opener on Wednesday, but he is still on track for Week 1. Despite not seeing much action on the field with the first-team offense, Newton has been involved with the offense. "We've got a great fan base here that really supports this football team". The 2015 NFL MVP is still recovering from off-season surgery on his rotator cuff.

Newton has not thrown a pass in live drills since complaining of soreness before last Tuesday's practice. "He really has, believe it or not", Rivera said.

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Coach Ron Rivera was vague on if this is part of the team's plan for Newton or if he's had a setback.

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Cam Newton will sit out Panthers' preseason opener