Panthers QB Cam Newton already ruled out for Week 4
Panthers ruled out QB Cam Newton from Sunday’s game against Houston due to his foot injury. Another start for Kyle Allen.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 23, 2019
Newton missed the team’s Week 3 game against the Arizona Cardinals due to the injury, with Kyle Allen starting in his place.
Allen played remarkably well, going 19 of 26 for 261 yards with four touchdown passes — two to tight end Greg Olsen — as the Panthers ran out 38-20 winners. He also connected with Curtis Samuel as well as DJ Moore for a 52-yard score.
Running back Christian McCaffrey also played well in Cam’s absence as he had 188 total yards of offense on 27 touches with a touchdown.
The Panthers’ decision not to rush Newton is a good one long term. The former NFL MVP did not look at all healthy during the first two weeks of the season.
He looked particularly limited in their Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he completed just 25 of 51 pass attempts.
And given how well Allen played against the Cardinals, the Panthers have even more reason to be patient with their star quarterback.
Although, Panthers coach Ron Rivera has made it clear that Newton will be the starting quarterback once he’s back healthy from his foot injury.
After the Texans, the Panthers have a home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. They will then travel to London to face the Buccaneers again before going on their bye week in Week 7.
Hopefully, Newton can return by Week 5, but the Panthers will likely not play him until he’s fully ready to do so.