The Carolina Panthers have made the tough decision to place franchise quarterback Cam Newton on injured reserve after he sustained a foot injury in the preseason and never fully recovered from it. He played in the team’s first two games of the season, but re-injured his foot in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and hasn’t appeared in a game for the Panthers since.
The Panthers have placed Cam Newton on injured reserve.— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) November 5, 2019
This is obviously bad news as it means that Newton will miss the final eight games of the season. If the stars align and Newton is healthy enough to re-join the team in the playoffs (assuming they make it), there’s a small chance that he’ll be able to return. But it’s probably safe to assume that we’ve seen the last of Newton this season, and with his future uncertain and a $21.1 million cap hit looming over him in 2020 there’s a chance that we’ve seen the last of him in a Panthers uniform.
General manager Marty Hurney provided the following statement on the team’s decision to place Cam on IR, courtesy of Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic:
From Marty Hurney: For the past seven weeks, Cam has diligently followed a program of rest and rehab and still is experiencing pain in his foot. He saw two foot specialists last week who agreed that he should continue that path prescribed by the team’s medical staff, and that it— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) November 5, 2019
likely will take significant time for the injury to fully heal. We have said all along that it is impossible to put a timetable on this injury. Nobody is more frustrated with that fact than Cam. He’s one of the fiercest competitors I’ve been around during my (time in the NFL).— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) November 5, 2019
For good or bad, this is Kyle Allen’s team for the rest of the year. There’s no word on how the Panthers will address the now vacant roster spot (and third spot on the quarterback depth chart) but we’ll have an update on that whenever news is available.