Panthers coach Ron Rivera ends press conference early after repeated questions about Cam Newton
The Carolina Panthers once again practiced without quarterback Cam Newton this week, and as the star passer recovers from a foot injury, it seems as if Kyle Allen will be getting the start against the Arizona Cardinals this weekend. However, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera still hasn’t revealed who will be starting, and he isn’t happy with being asked about it.
During his latest conference with the media (via Pro Football Talk), Rivera was asked repeatedly about the odds of Newton playing. After saying that he wouldn’t have a clear answer until Friday, Rivera was asked once again about the possibility of Newton playing.
From there, Rivera quickly walked out of the conference.
“I’m not going to do this anymore,” Rivera said. “I told you I won’t know anymore until tomorrow.”
Rivera seemed very frustrated as he left, and likely won’t have a concrete answer on Newton’s status until tomorrow at the earliest.
The Panthers have started this year off with an 0-2 start, and risk going 0-3 as they plan for the Cardinals this weekend. With Newton once again nursing another injury, it isn’t surprising to see so many wondering if he’ll suit up this weekend. Of course, Cam hasn’t always been the issue with the Panthers, as his play in the first two games hasn’t been stellar, but hasn’t exactly been the biggest problem.
Regardless, the Panthers are now 1-9 over their last 10 games, and injury questions surrounding Newton have been the most consistent thing about the team. This won’t change until either he’s healthy or the team is winning, of course, but it isn’t shocking to see Rivera starting to grow weary from the worries.