Cam Newton May Not Play in Preseason Due to Shoulder Injury

Lynette Rowe
August 12, 2017

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton continues to rehab from shoulder surgery in March to fix a partially torn rotator cuff and coach Ron Rivera didn't seem concerned Friday at the idea of Newton not playing in the preseason.

"That's going to be up to the league", Rivera said Friday.

Newton increased his workload during a hot, muggy Friday at Wofford's Gibbs Stadium, throwing in individual drills for the first time in 12 days.

It was the first time Newton attempted live throws at training camp since July 30, when trainers pulled him near the end of practice because of arm fatigue.

Asked if the Week 1 game at San Francisco was the target for Newton, Rivera said: "We'll see".

"Every day is a new day", Rivera said.

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Rivera didn't offer an exact return date for Newton but said "as long as he continues to progress, we'll keep doing what we're doing".

Newton's most notable moment of practice actually came during field goal drills, when kicker Harrison Butker was attempting a 51-yard field goal.

Newton had shoulder surgery in March to fix a partially torn rotator cuff and had not thrown in practice other than light warmup tosses since July 30.

Newton did not play in the team's preseason opener Wednesday against the Houston Texans, with the next game coming next Saturday against the Tennessee Titans.

Newton hasn't played in the final preseason game since his 2011 rookie season, so there's not much likelihood of him facing Pittsburgh on August 31.

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