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Cam Newton could miss season opener with hairline fracture in ribs

Cam Newton in the pocket vs New England
Cam Newton in the pocket vs New England
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According to Sportsline.com, the Carolina Panthers announced that Cam Newton might not be available for the season opener at Tampa Bay on Sept. 7. The news broke on Sunday that Cam Newton sustained a hairline fracture of his ribs on Friday.

While the condition of Newton’s ribs weren’t certain right away, there wasn’t an initial thought of Cam having to miss any regular season games. Cam Newton only played in two of the preseason games after coming back from ankle surgery, thus he hasn’t received the adequate amount of preseason game reps yet.

However, there should be no chance of Cam Newton attempting to play in the fourth and final preseason game. Other people are fairly certain that Newton will be ready to go on that first Sunday.

Coach Rivera believes that Newton will be available for week 1. In the rough NFC, injuries are already looming over possible playoff scenarios, and the season hasn’t even started yet. It’s imperative that Carolina gets off to a good start to the season.

Rivera also stated that the first team will still get reps in the fourth preseason game. After finally getting a semblance of offense last season, Carolina decided to overhaul the receiving corps. It was a risky decision for a team that finally made the playoffs in Cam Newton’s three year run.

Cam Newton has started all 48 games of his career, so his durability hasn’t ever come into question. During his first three years, Newton has completed 59.8 percent of his passes. As the team has gotten better overall, Newton’s stats have basically dwindled.

Newton’s rookie year was by far his most prolific as a passer. He surpassed 4000 yards, while adding 21 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Newton’s numbers dropped across the board in 2012, but he found a happy medium last season.

In 2013, Cam Newton threw for 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Now he has a 64 to 42 touchdown to interception ratio. He also rushed for six touchdowns to bring his total rushing touchdowns to 28 in his career.