For the second consecutive week, seemingly indestructible Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is dealing with an injury.
A week after stubbing his toe against the New York Jets, Newton injured his ankle against the New Orleans Saints and walked with a noticeable limp after the Panthers’ 17-13 victory on Sunday.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he’s not concerned about his 6-foot-5, 245-pound starting quarterback and does not expect Newton to miss practice.
“It was tweaked, and he feels pretty good today,” Rivera said Monday afternoon. “He came in and got some pretty good treatment today. He rolled it and he’s out here walking around.”
Newton said after the game he “nicked” his ankle. Rivera said Newton injured his ankle on a second-quarter scramble, but the broadcast seemed to indicate he injured it on a third-quarter rush for no gain near midfield.
Newton had his ankles re-taped on the sideline before finishing the game.
Newton didn’t have his best day against New Orleans, passing for 181 yards on 13-of-22 passing with one touchdown and one interception. He rushed the ball four times for 6 yards, the fewest rushing yards he’s had in a game all year and second-fewest in his career.
“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.”
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