There is good news for Carolina Panthers fans: The rehabilitation process for Cam Newton took a big step forward.

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera revealed to Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper and the rest of the sports media present at the Panthers facility that their franchise quarterback is now out of his walking boot:

“It means he’s progressing,” Rivera said, via Jourdan Rodrigue of

Rodrigue reported on Saturday that Newton could do something in practice on Monday. Sunday’s development makes that and Newton’s availability for Week One seem like pretty solid bets, although one would imagine the Panthers will be cautious in order to make sure all remains well with the quarterback.

Newton sustained a mid-foot sprain during their preseason match against the New England Patriots last Thursday, and the Panthers took all the necessary steps to ensure the health of their star player.

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Newton has been blessed with good health throughout his career. He has only missed a total of five football games ever since being drafted first overall in the 2011 NFL draft.

His good health has also translated to incredible on-field displays. He has never had a season where his passing numbers were less than 3000 yards. In fact, he notched an incredible 3127 yards and 18 TDs in 2014, statistically considered to be his weakest year.

The future Hall Of Famer was also on-target in 2018. He completed 320 passes for 3,395 yards, notching 24 TDs along the way. It’s not weird to expect similar numbers from Newton as he has established his standard for himself over and over again.

Panthers fans do hope that their star will be ready to go when the Panthers open the season against the L.A. Rams.