A few weeks ago, Ron Rivera said it was Cam Newton's job when he returned, but the ninth-year coach wasn't ready to discuss hypotheticals after Carolina's latest win.
"Quite honestly, I don't answer the question," Rivera said. "I'm not going to worry, speculate on anything until I have to address that. Until then, we're going to stay in the now, focus on what we're doing right now. Again, as far as I'm concerned, we're just not going to deal with the question until it's time. ... (Newton) is in his rehab program, doing his program. Our quarterback right now that has been playing for us is Kyle Allen. We're not going to address it."
Even Rivera probably didn't expect Allen to come in and proceed to win every game thus far. The Panthers have a bye this week and it was thought Newton would return after that. Rivera said Newton wouldn't play until he was 100% healthy.
Reports said Trubisky was targeting a Week 7 return following the team's Week 6 bye. The injury was to his non-throwing shoulder. HC Matt Nagy said he thought Trubisky looked good, but wants to see how he progresses this week.
The Patriots are re-signing tight end Ben Watson just a week after they released him, according to ESPN.
Last week, after the Patriots released Watson instead of activating him after his four-week suspension to start the season, coach Bill Belichick said the team had to release him because it didn’t have a roster spot for him. That has changed as reports say Matt Lacosse will be out a few weeks with a knee injury. Watson is worth a pickup for those hurting at the position but may not jump right into the action for Week 7.