Newton supposedly first injured the shoulder in Week 14, but if he sustained it earlier, it might explain why his completion percentage (52.9%) and YPA (6.9) fell off a cliff in 2016. His career numbers entering the season were 59.5% and 7.7, respectively. It's a four month recovery, which would put Newton back in mid-July.
The silver lining to Cam Newton's turbulent 2016 campaign: His beaten-up body won't require surgery.
"Rest," Newton said, per The Charlotte Observer. "Rest. A lot of rest."
One year removed from a torrid MVP campaign, Cam finished 2016 with the NFL's lowest completion percentage among qualified passers (52.9) and a career-low passer rating (75.8).
Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm
Has the reigning NFL MVP gotten back into old habits of throwing off his back foot too much? Has the rest of his footwork gone askew?
In terms of mechanics, Coach Ron Rivera said there are “times you do see’’ a slippage.
“He is playing with the bad shoulder, trying to do the best he can with that,’’ he said. “Part of it, too, is having to get comfortable again with a [new] group of guys in front of him [because of injuries].
The story speculated it could be the pressure of losing in the Super Bowl and again in a Week 1 to the Broncos as well as a Week 3 setback to Minnesota that impacted his psyche. Protecting Cam Newton has been as big of an issue, but perhaps the shoulder is worse than the team is letting on.
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S Su'a Cravens (upper arm, illness)
LB Will Compton (knee)
DE Chris Baker (ankle), S Will Blackmon (concussion, thumb), RB Mack Brown (concussion), LB Ryan Kerrigan (knee), G Shawn Lauvao (groin), C Spencer Long (concussion, stinger), T Ty Nsekhe (ankle), TE Jordan Reed (shoulder, illness), LB Martrell Spaight (shoulder), C John Sullivan (illness)
For the Panthers, QB Cam Newton and WR Kelvin Benjamin are questionable. We reported earlier today that Newton is expected to play despite the tag. Benjamin practiced fully on Saturday which should be a good sign he'll be a go. For the Redskins, Jordan Reed is questionable. After playing last week, Reed should be OK to play on Monday night. Having Vernon Davis as a handcuff would be an ideal situation for fantasy owners, just in case.
The reigning NFL MVP was limited in practice on Wednesday through Friday with soreness in his shoulder but practiced in full Saturday.
Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:08pm
Panthers QB Cam Newton (right shoulder) took limited practice reps again Friday. The Panthers play on Monday night, so Newton has an extra day to get healthy. He suffered the injury last week, so it doesn’t entirely explain his 43% completion percentage over the last four games. Newton has a tendency to pick up his game on Mondays, averaging 24.7 PPG in four MNF games, more than four points more than his average on Sundays.
Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:16pm
Panthers QB Cam Newton (right shoulder) took limited practice reps Thursday. The Panthers play on Monday night, so Newton has an extra day to get healthy. He suffered the injury last week, so it doesn’t entirely explain his 43% completion percentage over the last four games. Newton has a tendency to pick up his game on Mondays, averaging 24.7 PPG in four MNF games, more than four points more than his average on Sundays.
The Carolina Panthers will get a much-needed boost in their lineup Sunday.
Newton missed Carolina's Week 5 loss to Tampa Bay after sustaining the concussion in a loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He was listed as questionable on Friday, when coach Ron Rivera said that "barring a setback," Cam would be good to go.
Friday, October 14, 2016, 6:25pm
Panthers QB Cam Newton (concussion, questionable) took full practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 6. Newton needs to get final clearance from a neurologist, but is expected to make his return in a nice matchup with the Saints.
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