Cam Newton has officially been ruled out for Week 3.
As the Carolina Panthers prepared for the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3, the former NFL MVP was officially ruled out due to his foot injury. Kyle Allen will make the start in Newton’s place, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Cam Newton Has Been Battered by Injuries
The 30-year-old veteran hadn’t practiced all week and was seen as recently as Wednesday in a walking boot due to his mid-foot sprain. Newton being ruled out for Week 3 isn’t exactly a surprise as he clearly struggled in last Thursday’s Week 2 loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
During that disastrous outing, Newton looked hesitant and slow as he he completed just 49 percent of his passes with a 70.1 quarterback rating while the Panthers fell to 0-2 following a 20-14 loss.
Newton will miss his seventh career start as Allen will make his second career start. The 23-year-old Allen made his first career NFL start in Week 17 of the 2018 season, leading Carolina to a 33-14 victory over the New Orleans Saints while completing 16-of-27 passes for 228 yards with two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdowns. In fact, it’s the Panthers’ only victory in their last 10 games as they’ve gone 0-9 with Newton in his last nine appearances.
The 2015 NFL MVP has completed just 50-of-89 passes (56.2 percent) for 572 yards (6.4 yards per attempt) with zero touchdowns, one interception and a 71.0 quarterback rating. His completion percentage ranks 33rd in the NFL, his yards per attempt ranks 26th and his quarterback rating ranks 31st.
In other words, Newton’s play has fell off of a cliff — and one has to hope that it’s due to the nagging injuries. A shoulder injury during the 2018 season also hampered his play.
Ron Rivera is Fed Up with Questions About Cam Newton
As if things weren’t testy enough in Carolina, head coach Ron Rivera has had enough of the questions regarding his oft-criticized quarterback. Rivera stormed out of a press conference on Thursday after just two-and-a-half minutes due to being peppered with constant questions regarding Newton.
Via Justin Tasch of the New York Post:
“I just asked you to ask me questions about somebody else. I’m not gonna do this anymore, OK?” Rivera said. “I told you, I won’t know anything until tomorrow, OK? Thank you. Golly.”
Asked if Newton, 30, would travel to Arizona regardless of his status, Rivera said, “You guys want to sit there and watch, so you’ll have to wait and see. I’m not gonna talk about it anymore, guys. Let’s talk about Arizona.”
A testy Rivera responded to a follow-up by saying, “I know it’s about Cam, but I won’t know any more until tomorrow. So let’s talk about Arizona. If not, there’s no reason for me to stand here.”
The head coach was then asked where his confidence level was on Newton after he said before the season opener that he was 100% confident in Newton. That’s when Rivera decided he had enough.
Although Newton can blame his injury for his recent struggles, considering Carolina hasn’t won a game since November 4 of last year, there is little doubt that the franchise quarterback and his head coach are on the hot seat through the first three weeks of the 2019 season.
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