Cam Newton’s year just went from bad to worse.  The Panthers QB was just put on the Injured Reserve list, and it’s raising questions about whether the team is making a move to cut him.  Deets inside.
After entering the NFL as THE hottest ticket and Heisman winner, and going on to be one of the best (yet oddest dressed) quarterbacks the league has seen, Cam Newton’s unlucky streak continues.
The 30-year-old’s ninth season has been a doozy.  He’s had multiple injuries from the past couple seasons that basically didn’t fully recover or were re-injured.  Now, the only team he’s played for is just one move away from possibly cutting their Superman.  Unfortunately, his Lisfranc injury sustained in his left foot has proven too much for the QB to overcome.  And now that his second-year backup, Kyle Allen, has started the last six games in Cam’s place and now has a 5-1 record, the team clearly feels comfortable officially putting Cam on ice for the remainder of the season.
“For the past seven weeks, Cam has diligently followed a program of rest and rehab and still is experiencing pain in his foot,” general manager Marty Hurney said in a statement Tuesday. “He saw two foot specialists last week who agreed that he should continue that path prescribed by the team’s medical staff, and that it likely will take significant time for the injury to fully heal.
“We have said all along that it is impossible to put a timetable on this injury. Nobody is more frustrated with that fact than Cam. He’s one of the fiercest competitors I’ve been around during my 20-plus years in the league. At this time, we have decided that the best decision to reach the goal of bringing the foot back to 100 percent is to place Cam on injured reserve.”

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It’s not a huge surprise, seeing that back in September, Cam himself alluded to the fact he wouldn’t be rushing himself to get back on the field. Still, it’s certainly not great news.

For most players on IR, they are ineligible to play again for the same team during the current season, but they can be cut and sign with another team. While on IR, players may not practice with their team at any time, but can attend team meetings and be around the team.  A player on the IR list counts against the salary cap, but not against the 53-man roster limit.
This all has folks wondering if the Panthers are moving to cut their MVP to free up $19M of their $21M salary cap.
The Charlotte Observer gave the latest update on Cam’s rehab, saying:
Friday, Newton flew to Green Bay to meet with renowned foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, formerly an assistant team physician with the Panthers. A league source characterized the meeting as part of Newton’s rehab process.
Rivera said Friday afternoon that he got the sense Newton, an intense competitor, was frustrated that he wasn’t able to play yet.
The coach also said Sunday that Newton’s visit with Anderson confirmed he and the Panthers medical staff have been doing the right things concerning his rehab. But Rivera didn’t clarify or elaborate when asked if Newton could still end up on IR, or if the meeting with Anderson had taken foot surgery off the table.

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It’s every QB1’s worst nightmare – to be replaced by their backup.  It’s especially a fear for black QBs.  On this season of Amazon Prime’s “All or Nothing” (which is a MUST WATCH, by the way), Cam was more open than ever about his fears and the issues he’s been having staying positive mentally in this football business. We’re sure all those illegal hits the refs allowed on him over the years haven’t helped either.

We hope it all works out for the best for him!
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