Newton, 30, has played in just two games this season, both defeats, and has not seen action since the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 12. "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", Hurney continued.
Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers exits the field during the preseason game between the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 22, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
The Panthers are 5-1 since then with Kyle Allen at quarterback, taking them to 5-3 and second in the NFC South.
Cam Newton is heading for the injured reserve, meaning his season is effectively over.
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The Panthers posted news of Newton being placed on IR to their Instagram account, and the quarterback commented on the post. Acquiring would not be easy, but if Newton becomes available this offseason, the Chicago Bears have to make him their number one priority.
Newton's health was in question entering training camp. He's played 77 career National Football League games (all with the Panthers), totaling 15.5 sacks and 23 QB hits.
Newton leads the Panthers in career touchdown passes (182) and rushing touchdowns (58). He revealed that Newton would go visit a specialist to get more information on the injury. A league source characterized the meeting as part of Newton's rehab process. Rebounding with a home win against the Titans, Carolina remains in the playoff picture and hopes were a healthy return of Newton would only serve to boost this team's credibility. He is scheduled to count $21.1 million against the 2020 salary cap.
Brendan Marks is a general assignment sports reporter for the Charlotte Observer covering the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, NASCAR and more.