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Carolina Panthers place Cam Newton on injured reserve

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The Panthers’ franchise quarterback is officially done for the 2019 season.

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.

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:

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.