|Date of Birth||5/11/1989|
|Height, Weight||6'5", 245 lbs|
|From||College Park, GA|
|Drafted||2011 - Rd 1|
Newton (foot) is expected to resume practicing after the Panthers' Week 7 bye, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Although Newton is reaching the final stages in his recovery from a Lisfranc sprain in his left foot, there seems to be a question of whether he'll retain his job as the starting quarterback once healthy. In Newton's place, Kyle Allen has won four consecutive starts while completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 901 yards and seven touchdowns versus no interceptions. Firmly in the NFC playoff picture for the time being, the Panthers may ride the hot hand (Allen) as long as it takes for Newton to get back to 100 percent.
Newton (foot) may not be ready to practice at any point during the Panthers' upcoming bye week, and the team isn't certain if he'll be in line to resume starting duties Oct. 27 versus the 49ers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Though Newton will be inactive for the fourth straight game Sunday against the Buccaneers in London, the signal-caller seemed to take a step forward in his recovery from the Lisfranc injury a few days ago, when he was able to shed the walking boot on his foot. While ditching the boot amounted to a positive sign, the Panthers apparently are reluctant to bring Newton back until he's 100 percent healthy, according to Rapoport. Furthermore, a team source told Rapoport that if Carolina continues its winning ways under replacement quarterback Kyle Allen, Newton won't be guaranteed to take the starting job back once he gains full medical clearance. The hazy timeline for Newton's return in addition to his shaky job security makes him an increasingly difficult hold in fantasy leagues, particularly in formats that start only one quarterback each week.
Coach Ron Rivera said that Newton (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers in London, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports. "Medically it doesn't make sense to put him on a plane for eight hours just to stand around," Rivera said of the quarterback.
Newton shed the walking boot on his left foot and was seen working out on the side during the Panthers' practice Tuesday, seemingly leaving the door open a crack for a potential return from a three-game absence this weekend. Rivera quickly dismissed any chance of Newton making a comeback in London, however, paving the way for Kyle Allen to make another start under center. Assuming Newton continues to progress steadily from the mild Lisfranc sprain and gradually increases his activity over the next several practices, he'll have a decent chance at playing Oct. 27 in San Francisco for what will be the Panthers' first game after their Week 7 bye.
Newton was spotted without a walking boot on his left foot Tuesday and is expected to work out on the side during the Panthers' practice, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
The Panthers won't release their first practice report of Week 6 until Wednesday, so the extent of Newton's activity may not fully be known until then. In any case, the fact that Newton has ditched his boot amounts to a meaningful step forward in the recovery process and keeps hope alive for a potential return Sunday against the Buccaneers in London. Given that Carolina will have a bye following the game against Tampa Bay, however, it's quite likely that Newton misses another contest before preparing for a return to action for the Panthers' Week 8 matchup with the 49ers on Oct. 27.
Coach Ron Rivera confirmed Monday that Newton (foot) remains without a timeline for a return and will sit out the Week 5 matchup with the Jaguars, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
The news doesn't come as a surprise after Newton posted a video Friday indicating that he suffered a mild Lisfranc sprain in his left foot during the third week of the preseason and then aggravated the injury in a Week 2 loss to the Buccaneers. Like Rivera, Newton was unwilling to offer up a specific timeline for a return, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relayed that the quarterback has an "outside shot" at being ready to go for the Panthers' Week 6 rematch with the Buccaneers in London. Kyle Allen, who has guided the Panthers to two straight wins in Newton's absence, thus is on track for at least one more start next weekend while the franchise signal-caller continues to recover from the injury.