Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will miss his first regular-season game as a professional Sunday after the Panthers placed him on their inactives list before Sunday's game at Tampa Bay.
Derek Anderson, who has been Newton’s backup for three years, will be the starter.
Newton has cracked ribs that he suffered two weeks ago in an exhibition. He did not practice until Thursday, though it was in a limited capacity. Newton threw more than the team expected Friday, but Ron Rivera and team officials decided the risk was too great for Newton to play Week 1.
Joe Webb will be the backup quarterback. This is Anderson's first start for the Panthers and his first career start since the 2010 season when he was with Arizona. Anderson did not throw a pass in a game last season in four appearances.
Safety Tre Boston, receiver Breton Bersin, tackle David Foucault, guard Andrew Norwell, tight end Brandon Williams and defensive end Kony Ealy are the other inactives for Carolina.