BREAKING: Panthers to sit Cam Newton for remainder of the season

Jason Huber
December 19, 2018 - 1:59 pm

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After struggling through a lingering shoulder injury a majority of the 2018 season, the Carolina Panthers are expected to shut down quarterback Cam Newton for the remainder of the season as Carolina is all but out of the playoff race with a 6-8 record. 

In his eighth season, it has been publically noted that the former MVP quarterback has been suffering shoulder soreness/pain in his joint throughout most of the season. 

Newton had surgery to repair a partially torn right rotator cuff in 2017 that he suffered in 2016 and hasn't been healthy this season with possible lingering effects. 

Newton has been listed a limited throughout practice since Week 8. 

In the midst of a six-game losing streak, Newton admitted after Monday night's loss that his shoulder has not gotten any better nor worse despite constant treatment.

"I've been eager to go to (head trainer Ryan Vermillion's) office, weeks and weeks and weeks and kind of find out what it is. 'Did you find something? What am I supposed to do? What do we have to do?'" Newton said. "... It is what it was, just a lot of soreness and tension in the joints."

Newton's arm-strength has been noticeably weak and he was unable to complete a pass longer than 10-yards on Monday night against the Saints. 

Despite having a strong start to the season and leading the Panthers to a 6-2 start, Newton's shoulder injury seemed to begin affecting him more after the Panthers Thursday night game at Pittsburgh in Week 10.

Newton took a brutal hit from Steelers linebacker TJ Watt. 

“You do any and everything to make sure your body is at peak performance. From cardio, treatment, practice, film, cardio, treatment, practice, film. It’s been repetition. I think it’s disheartening to me because there’s so much invested time put in,” Newton said on Monday night. 

According to NFL Next Gen Stats and Panthers.com, Newton has completed just four of 16 attempts that have traveled 20-plus yards beyond the line of scrimmage during the Panthers’ six-game losing streak.

“From the range of motion, you work on the range of motion then come game time and you never know how the game can play out," Newton said. "Of course you try to stay under 25-30 throws, but if you surpass that or you get hit on it, or you have to run, or you get tackled and fall on your shoulder, certain things happen.”

Panthers backup Taylor Heinicke is projected to finish the Panthers final two games as the starting quarterback. Carolina has Kyle Allen on their practice squad but will likely need to sign another quarterback.

Newton finishes the season with a 67.9 completion rating, 3,395 yards, 24 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and a 94.2 QB rating. It remains unknown whether Newton will need surgery again. 

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