Panthers news: Ron Rivera provides update on Cam Newton's foot ahead of Week 1
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Panthers’ Ron Rivera provides update on Cam Newton’s foot ahead of Week 1

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera had a positive update on Cam Newton’s health Thursday. Panthers fans everywhere were left holding their breath when Newton exited the team’s third preseason game with a foot injury, but fortunately it turned out to be minor.

Per Steve Reed of the Associated Press, Rivera said Newton’s “mobility has been good in practice” recently, and that he’ll be able to do all the things he normally does.

The Panthers deemed the injury a mild foot sprain at the time, and insisted from the start that he’d be available in Week 1. Everything progressed smoothly in the days following the injury, and it looks like Cam Newton will be 100 percent when the Panthers host the Rams on Sunday.

Obviously, Newton’s health is the most important thing for the team. The Panthers started off 6-2 last year, but they fell apart when Newton’s shoulder started to give out.

His shoulder got progressively worse as the season went on, and by the end he could barely throw the ball downfield. Eventually, the Panthers shut Cam Newton down, and he ended up having surgery on the shoulder after the season.

At this point, the shoulder is much more of a concern than the foot is for Cam Newton. Everything seems to have healed well, but we won’t know for sure until we see the shoulder in action for an extended period.

The Panthers have high hopes for the 2019 season, and it’s a pivotal year for both Newton and Rivera. Fortunately it sounds like Cam Newton will be a full-go as the Panthers take on the defending NFC champions.