Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera does not plan on shutting down quarterback Cam Newton for the ultimate two video games of the season.
Newton is nursing an ailing proper shoulder for the Panthers (6-Eight), who’ve misplaced six straight contests and are all however eradicated from playoff competition. They host the Atlanta Falcons (5-9) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET) and reside 1 1/2 video games behind the Minnesota Vikings (7-6-1) and one sport in again of the Philadelphia Eagles (7-7) and Washington Redskins (7-7) for the second wild-card spot within the NFC.
“There’s nonetheless a slim glimmer, so we’ll see,” Rivera advised reporters on Tuesday. “We’ll proceed to give attention to enjoying soccer.”
Rivera acknowledged that he had but to speak to the workforce’s docs or coaching employees on the heels of Monday’s 12-9 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
The 2015 NFL Most Helpful Participant, Newton recorded season lows in completion proportion (55.2), passing yards per try (four.5), passing yards (131) and passer score (52.5) in opposition to the Saints.
Rivera was requested if a less-than-healthy Newton is the most suitable choice for the workforce in opposition to the Falcons.
“I consider in Cam. So we’ll go away it at that,” Rivera stated.
Newton famous on Monday evening that there is a likelihood the Panthers shut him down for the ultimate two weeks of the season.
“I suppose if we’ve to have that dialog, we’ve that dialog,” the 29-year-old Newton stated, per the Charlotte Observer. “I am not trying ahead to that dialog.”
Newton threw 15 landing passes in opposition to 4 interceptions through the first eight video games of the season earlier than seeing his numbers take successful. He has tossed 9 landing passes and 9 picks in his final six contests.
Newton’s persevering with shoulder downside was a serious a part of his post-game session with reporters.
“Clearly my arm hasn’t allowed me to do a whole lot of follow,” he stated. “I have been on a pitch rely for a very long time. It hasn’t received worse over the weeks and hasn’t received higher over the weeks. Nothing modifications. Simply a whole lot of soreness and pressure within the joint.
Newton led Carolina to the playoffs for the fourth time in 5 years final season by throwing for three,302 yards with 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He additionally rushed for a career-high 754 yards and 6 scores.