The toe injury sustained by Carolina quarterback Cam Newton against the New York Jets on Sunday was “not that big a deal,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday.
Newton injured his toe at the end of a 7-yard scramble on the Panthers’ final offensive play of the first half, and was taken into the locker room before halftime to be examined.
Newton did not undergo X-rays on the toe, and Rivera said it is not being characterized as “turf toe.”
Newton was the last Panthers player to return to the field after halftime. But he didn’t miss a snap, finishing with 273 passing yards but only 12 rushing yards on seven carries.
Rivera said the injury did not affect Newton’s mobility.
“The reason we took him off early was because we had to cut the tape off and let them double-check and make sure everything was fine,” Rivera said. “Everything came out OK.”
Rivera said free safety Mike Mitchell re-aggravated a shoulder injury, but did not indicate it would sideline him Sunday against New Orleans.
Running back Jonathan Stewart, who missed the Jets game after tearing the medial collateral ligament in his right knee in the first Saints game, will be re-evaluated this week. Rivera has said Stewart would not be back before the Week 17 trip to Atlanta.
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