Cam Newton not ready to return from foot injury in Week 5
Cam Newton said in a video he posted on social media last week that he is unsure of when he will return from a foot injury, but we now know it won’t be in Week 5.
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera told reporters on Monday that Kyle Allen will get his third straight start when Carolina takes on the Jacksonville Jaguars. He did not provide a timeline for Newton’s recovery other than that.
Ron Rivera says he expects Kyle Allen to start Sun vs. Jaguars. No timeline for Cam Newton beyond that.
— Joe Person (@josephperson) September 30, 2019
Newton originally suffered the Lisfranc injury during a preseason game, and he re-aggravated it in the Panthers’ Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It has been reported that the injury could linger for weeks, and Newton confirmed that when he opened up about it on YouTube.
Allen has led the Panthers to two wins in their last two games, and he has played very well. The former undrafted free agent has completed more than 70 percent of his passes and thrown for 493 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He has a passer rating of 118.3.
The Panthers want to make sure Newton is fully healed before returning, and it certainly helps that Allen has played so well. Newton dealt with a lingering injury last year that resulted in him being shut down late in the season, so the team does not want something like that to happen again.