Newton (concussion) completed 27 of 47 passes for 322 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 41-38 loss to the Saints. He also scored a touchdown and gained one yard on two rushes.
Returning after a one-week absence due a Week 4 concussion, Newton got off to a slow start before coming on to help lead a furious second-half rally. His two-yard rushing score with 2:58 remaining helped bring the Panthers even with the Saints at 38, completing a comeback from a 21-0 deficit. He also hit Devin Funchess and Ed Dickson for scores earlier in the contest, and the former for the two-point conversion that knotted the score up late. However, Newton also killed a promising first-half drive with an interception in the back of the end zone, which would come back to haunt Carolina in a game that was ultimately decided by three points. Notably, the reigning MVP was also more hesitant to take off with the ball than usual, with the two rushing attempts easily his lowest on the season. With the Panthers in a 1-5 hole, Newton will look to kick-start the steep climb back to respectability when he leads Carolina against the Cardinals following a Week 7 bye.
Newton (concussion) was cleared by an independent neurologist and will play in Sunday's Week 6 matchup with the Saints.
This announcement comes as more of a formality than anything after Newton practiced in full on Thursday and Friday. The Saints are allowing a league-worst 32.5 points per contest and the Panthers offense is expected to be at full strength, assuming that Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) and Kelvin Benjamin (knee) both play. With the Panthers' needing a win to help jump-start their season, Newton could be in for a big game in his return to action.
Newton (concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in New Orleans, only needing final clearance from an independent neurologist in order to play, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Newton was a limited practice participant Wednesday and a full participant both Thursday and Friday. Barring a late setback, he isn't expected to have any trouble clearing the final stage of the concussion protocol, ESPN's David Newton reports. Newton could be cleared as soon as Friday afternoon, setting him up for a premium matchup in the SuperDome against a Saints team that's allowing an NFL-worst 32.5 points per game. Newton's top wide receiver, Kelvin Benjamin (knee), is also listed as questionable, but head coach Ron Rivera said he feels good about all of the team's questionable players -- a group that includes Newton, Benjamin and Jonathan Stewart (hamstring), Bryan Strickland of Panthers.com reports. Of course, owners will still want to check back before Sunday, as late setbacks with concussions aren't unheard of.
Newton (concussion) practiced Friday for the third day in a row, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Newton has not officially cleared the league's concussion protocol just yet, but he has not had any setbacks, and is expected to be given the green light to play in Week 6 at some point in the next couple days. As long as that occurs, Newton will be back in his regular starting spot under center Sunday against the Saints.
Newton practiced fully Thursday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports. However, head coach Ron Rivera told Max Henson of the Panthers' official site that Newton remains in the concussion protocol.
Newton's activity level is curious for a player still in the NFL's protocol for head injuries, but he'll continue to meet with an independent neurologist until he completes every step. By any indication, he's on pace to suit up Sunday in New Orleans, but Derek Anderson is waiting in the wings in the event Newton is unable to do so.
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