Ron Rivera: Cam Newton feels good after rolling ankle

Dec 22, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) looks to pass during the second quarter of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Panthers got a big win on Sunday, but quarterback Cam Newton suffered an ankle injury during the game. Newton downplayed concern about the injury and said his ankle was “nicked.”

“It was tweaked, and he feels pretty good today,” head coach Ron Rivera said Monday, via Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer. “He came in and got some pretty good treatment today. He rolled it and he’s out here walking around.”

At one point, Newton had his ankle re-taped during the game.

“You got to be smart and judicious and make sure the situation calls for it, and [offensive coordinator] Mike [Shula] was very smart about it, very careful about it and unfortunately we missed some things is probably the biggest thing,” Rivera said. “We missed some throws. He had some guys open and he knew it and he threw them a little high but again as I said yesterday, when we ended him to come through he did.”

A first round bye could be a big deal for the Panthers, and give Newton some time to rest and heal.

Topics: Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

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