At Thursday’s practice, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton did not throw for a second consecutive day.
Instead, like on Wednesday, he went through installations and ran sprints on the sideline when it was time for quarterback/receiver reps. Backup Derek Anderson threw to first- and second-team receivers in place of Newton.
Head coach Ron Rivera confirmed on Thursday afternoon that Newton had gotten an MRI on his right shoulder, which came back clean. Rivera added that he expects Newton to be ready to go by Monday night, when Washington hosts the Panthers in prime time.
“We’re just bringing him back up to speed,” said Rivera. “So we limited his reps today.”
On Wednesday, Newton shrugged off his limitations in practice.
“It was nothing to be scary about,” Newton said, and confirmed that it was a rest day.
“Shoulder, Cam?” a reporter asked.
“Body, Cam,” Newton replied.
“It’s getting toward the end of the regular season,” said tight end Greg Olsen on Thursday. “Guys across the league (are banged up). I’ve seen a lot of quarterbacks miss time on other teams – a lot more than our guy has.”
Olsen followed Newton’s lead in shrugging off the shoulder issue, saying that he thinks Newton “will be fine.”
“In six years I don’t know how many days I haven’t seen him practice,” he said. “He’s created a standard of excellence of practicing every day, and all of a sudden he misses one and the world comes to an end.”