The Panthers rested Cam Newton's throwing shoulder for the second half of practice Sunday, but after a day off Monday, Newton still wasn't throwing at practice Tuesday. Newton had that shoulder surgically repaired this offseason.
“He started warming up this morning and said he still felt a little bit sore,” head coach Ron Rivera said, via the team’s website. “Why push it? Why have him throw with a sore arm and make it worse? It made no sense to have him throw with a sore shoulder.”
Newton being held out of some team drills during Sunday’s practice was part of what Rivera called routine maintenance coming off surgery, and there's no deep concern yet, but the fact that it is still sore after a day off is at least something to monitor closely.
Newton is coming off an injury-plagued 2016, where he finished as QB17 (QB13 in fantasy points per game). That after an MVP 2015 where he was the best quarterback in fantasy football. Any setback from his offseason surgery would be a big blow to not only him but the rest of the weapons in Carolina's offense.