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Panthers QB Cam Newton’s season is over after being placed on IR

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The Carolina Panthers announced on Tuesday that they have decided to place franchise-quarterback Cam Newton on injured reserve.

In the statement issued by the team, general manager Marty Hurney stated that Newton has ‘diligently’ stuck to the rest and rehab program but is still experiencing pain associated with his Lisfranc injury. This has come after seeing two-foot specialists last week.

“For the past seven weeks, Cam has diligently followed a program of rest and rehab and still is experiencing pain in his foot,” Hurney said, via the team’s official website. “He saw two foot specialists last week who agreed that he should continue that path prescribed by the team’s medical staff, and that it likely will take significant time for the injury to fully heal.

“We have said all along that it is impossible to put a timetable on this injury. Nobody is more frustrated with that fact than Cam. He’s one of the fiercest competitors I’ve been around during my 20-plus years in the League. At this time, we have decided that the best decision to reach the goal of bringing the foot back to 100 percent is to place Cam on injured reserve.”

The Panthers will start Kyle Allen in Newton’s place and the team has a 5-1 record with Allen in the lineup with the lone loss coming against the undefeated San Francisco 49ers. He has completed 116 of his 191 passes resulting in a 60.7% completion percentage, 1,291 passing yards, 9 passing touchdowns, and 4 interceptions.

It remains uncertain what the Panthers’ future plans are for the quarterback position. What does remain known is that Newton will not return to game action until he is fully healthy. Now he will have extensive time to recover.