Panthers news: Cam Newton has a mid-foot sprain; team 'cautiously optimistic' he'll play Week 1
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Panthers QB Cam Newton has a mid-foot sprain; team ‘cautiously optimistic’ he’ll play Week 1

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Carolina Panthers seem to have dodged a bullet with quarterback Cam Newton’s injury. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Newton’s official diagnosis is a mid-foot sprain, and the team is cautiously optimistic that he will be ready to go when the Panthers open up the season against the Los Angeles Rams.

Newton was injured after taking his second sack of the game on Thursday night. Newton was looked at by the medical staff on the sideline and then walked back to the locker room under his own power. Newton underwent surgery on the same ankle back in March of 2014.

Newton left the stadium in a walking boot, and after the game, the team seemed optimistic that it wasn’t too bad but knew they wouldn’t have a final answer until Friday morning.

“We’re hoping it’s not too bad,” Panthers general manager Marty Hurney told the team radio network regarding Newton via ESPN. “We’ll find out more tomorrow. But I hope it’s not too bad.”

The Panthers have been very cautious during training camp bringing Newton back from offseason shoulder surgery, and Thursday was his first appearance during a game.

Newton has taken a lot of big hits during his NFL career, and the team has worked hard on trying to protect himself from the other team, but also from himself.

Newton finished the game going 4-for-6 for 30 yards. He looked pretty good except for the two sacks and hopefully this setback won’t cause him to miss any time during the regular season.