What was expected all week has now been confirmed.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will not play on Saturday against the Tennessee Titans, a source confirmed to the Observer on Friday.
Newton has been held to a “pitch count” this week by the team’s medical staff, after 12 days of not throwing in team warmups or drills during training camp. The quarterback continues to rehabilitate his surgically-repaired shoulder, and was withheld from throwing because of soreness, head coach Ron Rivera maintained throughout the time period.
On Thursday, he threw a handful of passes to receivers in one-on-one and seven-on-seven drills, but his timing appeared to be off and several fell incomplete.
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Rivera said Thursday after practice that he would meet with team doctors and Newton on Friday to discuss Newton’s status for Saturday’s preseason contest. He also has said that while the goal is to get Newton ready for the season-opener against San Francisco, he would be OK if the quarterback doesn’t play throughout the preseason.