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Rusty Panthers QB Cam Newton gets a little work vs. Titans. Will he play Saturday?

Joe Person: Should Panthers QB Cam Newton play Saturday against Titans?

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was more active in Thursday's practice than he's been. But Carolina is not committed to playing him Saturday against the Titans.
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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was more active in Thursday's practice than he's been. But Carolina is not committed to playing him Saturday against the Titans.

After making about 10 live throws during Thursday’s practice against the Tennessee Titans, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton spent the remainder of the two-hour session watching from the sideline and doing conditioning work.

It remains to be seen whether it was the last action Newton will get this week in Tennessee.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera was noncommittal on Newton’s status for Saturday’s exhibition against the Titans. But given the team’s cautious approach with Newton since his setback with his surgically repaired shoulder in training camp, it seems unlikely he’ll suit up Saturday.

Rivera said he’ll meet with the medical staff Friday to discuss Newton’s status.

Like the rest of the offense, Thursday was not Newton’s best day.

Newton misfired on several passes during both the 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 drills, and yelled in frustration after one of his throws sailed untouched through the back of the end zone.

“You could tell he was rusty, a couple (he was) late on his decisions that he made,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “When he’s throwing the ball, he’s throwing the ball well. So we’re not concerned about that.

“Now it’s just a matter of him working himself back into shape where he can go out there and take normal reps instead of us having to make sure we’re monitoring him.”

Newton went 12 days during camp without making any live throws after he experienced pain and fatigue in his throwing shoulder. The 2015 league MVP had surgery in March on a partially torn rotator cuff.

The Panthers would like Newton to play in a preseason game, although Rivera has said he’s OK if Newton does not.

After Saturday’s game, the Panthers’ next play Aug. 24 at Jacksonville in an exhibition in which their starters will see their most extensive action.

Joseph Person: 704-358-5123, @josephperson

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