According to a report from ESPN, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been medically cleared to play in next Sunday’s match up with the Kansas City Chiefs. Newton missed the Panthers’ first preseason game due to a broken ankle he sustained last season. We’ll probably see him play limited minutes against Kansas City as a part of the rehab process.
Head coach Ron Rivera said, “Cam is on track to do the things we need him to do now… We’ve mapped out a lot of things. We’re now getting to the point where the work load is going to increase and things are going to change and we’re going to do things differently now.”
Ankle injuries are tricky but Newton should be able to make a full recovery in time for the Panthers regular season opener.
The Panthers are hoping for a good season, having signed receivers Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant and rookie Kelvin Benjamin. Last season was a career best for Newton, and if he recovers on time he’s poised to improve on last year’s success.
Though Carolina lost its first preseason game, Newton’s return should but the team in better shape to win against the Chiefs. Rivera noted that he’ll give the starters more playing time next week to prepare for the Patriots five days after.